First-Year Options

Dear College Class of 2022,

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 4. You will be notified of your selection by the end of June, when you receive your Guide to Preregistration for New Students, which will walk you through the preregistration process. If selected, you will build the rest of your fall schedule around your seminar or program enrollment. Application instructions can be found on page 19 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

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Option 1: Liberal Arts Seminar

Fall schedule: The LAS will occupy the space of two courses in your fall schedule. In July, you will select three or four additional courses to complete your schedule.

The Liberal Arts Seminar is a yearlong multidisciplinary course exploring 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.

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. In July, 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: In July, you will build a schedule of four or five courses from the full College curriculum. No application is necessary for this option.

During preregistration in July you will create a schedule of four or five courses, taking your first steps into the College’s rich and varied core curriculum and exploring areas of interest to you in free elective coursework, any of which may lead to majors or minors as your interests evolve. If you can’t wait until July, begin reading about the College’s core curriculum now.