First-Year Options

All students have different needs and desires for their education. For that reason, the First-Year Options Program is all about choice. It gives Georgetown first-years a taste of the decision-making that goes into course selection.

Regardless of intended major or minor, every first-year student must enroll in a curriculum based in one of four options: the Liberal Arts Seminar, the FLL Hager Scholars Program, the Ignatius Seminars, or the regular First-Year Academic Program. Each is a unique offering with its own objectives; students are encouraged to learn more about all four options before choosing how to start their academic career at Georgetown. Admitted first-year students are sent information and application materials in early June.

A PDF of the 2016 First-Year Options guide is available online.

Liberal Arts Seminar

The Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS) is a yearlong program that connects 30 first-years to scholarship, faculty, and each other through cooperative learning. Four liberal arts professors guide students through an investigation focusing on exploring empires in history, especially Mediterranean empires such as Rome and the empires of the New World. There is particular focus on the relationship between empire and religion, along with other cultural practices such as slavery and urbanism. This shared intellectual experience of cooperative learning builds a strong sense of community for student and faculty participants. Students enrolled in the program will be expected to refine their ability to speak and write within and across disciplines.

All Georgetown first-years are eligible to apply to the LAS. Science and pre-med students who wish to participate will need to arrange for lab schedules to accommodate the seminar. Students will take two courses and receive six credits each semester. The program fulfills four core requirements: two in theology, one in writing and one in history.

Instructors for the 2016-17 Liberal Arts Seminar

  • George Archer, Department of Theology (Fall 2016)
  • Jonathan Ray, Department of Theology (Fall 2016)
  • Alison Games, Department of History (Spring 2017)
  • Josiah Osgood, Department of Classics (Spring 2017)

FLL Hager Scholars

The new Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL) Hager Scholars Program is designed with our most ambitious students of languages and linguistics in mind. Named in honor of Dr. Serafina Hager, a long-serving Italian professor and dean, this yearlong program seeks to showcase and celebrate the incredible strength and diversity of language study at Georgetown College.

In addition to a course in their declared language or linguistics major (visit for a complete list), Hager Scholars take a series of courses that fulfill core requirements in other disciplines, taught by faculty who are particularly interested in the ways that language study informs their fields. In fall 2016, Hager Scholars will have the option of either LING-001 Introduction to Language or CPLT-090 Introduction to Comparative Literature—or they may choose to enroll in both courses. They will also be enrolled in a section of THEO-011 Introduction to Biblical Literature that will contain a significant focus on the philological and linguistic aspects of biblical interpretation.

Note: This program is only open to students with a declared major in the FLL. If you are not sure whether you are currently a declared FLL major, or if you would like to declare a major in a language, linguistics, or comparative literature prior to entering Georgetown, please contact

Instructors for the 2016-17 FLL Hager Scholars Program

  • Susanna Lee, Department of French & Francophone Studies
  • Sue Lorenson, Department of Linguistics
  • Alan Mitchell, Department of Theology
  • Nicoletta Pireddu, Department of Italian