First-Year Options

Dear College Class of 2023,

During your four years in the College, you’ll have many exciting choices to make, the first of which will be your course selection for your first semester. The beauty of this choice is that you can’t go wrong! Whether you elect to apply to one of our First-Year Options—the Liberal Arts Seminar, the Ignatius Seminars, or the FLL Hager Scholars Program—or build a schedule of four or five courses from the College’s diverse range of departments, you will create a rich intellectual experience to begin your college career.

If you decide to apply to a seminar or program described below, your application will be due Monday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. You will be notified of your selection via email by the end of June. In early July, you'll receive comprehensive registration instructions, which will include advice on building the rest of your fall schedule around your seminar(s). Application instructions can be found on page 23 of the First Year Options brochure, which was mailed to home addresses in mid-May and is available in PDF form here. International students, please download the PDF.

We look forward to working with you as you navigate your academic options, both now and for the next four years!

—The Georgetown College Deans

First-Year Options Application 

Download PDF of First-Year Options Brochure (2.7MB)

 


Option 1: Liberal Arts Seminar

Fall schedule: The LAS will occupy the space of two courses in your fall schedule. When Registration opens on Monday, August 5, you will select two or three additional courses to complete your schedule.

The Liberal Arts Seminar is a multidisciplinary course that explores the cultural history of the Mediterranean through fictional and nonfictional narratives. This shared intellectual experience of cooperative learning builds a strong sense of community for student and faculty participants.


Option 2: FLL Hager Scholars Program

Fall schedule: In addition to a course in their declared major, FLL Hager Scholars will be enrolled in a section of Introduction to Biblical Literature; either Introduction to Language, Introduction to Comparative Literature or both; and a one-credit FLL colloquium. When Registration opens on Monday, August 5, you will select between one and three additional courses to complete your schedule.

The FLL Hager Scholars program is designed with our most ambitious students of languages and linguistics in mind, and is designed to create for them both a sense of community and opportunities for intellectual growth. Over the course of this yearlong program, Hager Scholars will gain a greater appreciation of the possibilities available to students and scholars of language(s), inside the classroom and in the world beyond.


Option 3: Ignatius Seminars

Fall schedule: Your Ignatius Seminar will occupy the space of one course in your fall schedule. When Registration opens on Monday, August 5, you will select three or four additional courses to complete your schedule.

Offered only in the first semester, Ignatius Seminars introduce students to the depth and diversity of Georgetown’s dynamic intellectual community. Favorite topics of College faculty form the offerings of these seminars that invite small student groups to join their professors in the creative exploration of mind and spirit.


Option 4: Traditional First-Year Academic Program

Fall schedule: When Registration opens on Monday, August 5, you will build a schedule of four or five courses from the full College curriculum. No application is necessary for this option.

With the Traditional First-Year Academic Program, you’ll take your first steps into the College’s rich and varied core curriculum and explore areas of interest to you in free elective coursework, which may lead to majors or minors as your interests evolve. In early July, we’ll send you plenty of information about the College’s core curriculum and instructions on how to build your first semester schedule. If you can’t wait to get started, click here to begin reading about the College’s core curriculum now.