FLL Hager Scholars Program


Miléna Santoro, Department of French and Francophone Studies
Guy Spielman, Department of French and Francophone Studies
Sue Lorenson, Department of Linguistics
Nicoletta Pireddu, Department of Italian
Alan Mitchell, Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Who May Apply?

All first-year students in the Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences entering with a declared major in an FLL program (i.e., in a foreign language, linguistics, or global comparative literature).

Course/credit equivalencies

In the fall, two or three courses, plus the one-credit colloquium, for a total of seven or 10 credits. Note that this is in addition to foreign language coursework.

Course Meeting Times

THEO-011-02, MTR 9:00am – 9:50am
IDST-050-01, F 12:30pm – 1:45pm
LING-001-01*, TRF 10:00am – 10:50am
GCPL-1001-01*, MW 11:00am – 12:15pm

*Students may choose to take LING-001 or CPLT-1001-01, or both.

Requirements fulfilled


Theology (one of two)
Social Science (one of two in Linguistics)
HALC: Humanities: Arts, Literature, and Cultures


General Philosophy
History Survey or Linguistics (two of two in Linguistics)
*Hager Scholars should avoid enrolling in a history survey course or a general philosophy course in the fall, as those requirements may be completed through the program in the spring semester.

I really enjoyed my time in the Hager Scholars program, and I would say the best part is the community. Some of my closest friends at Georgetown are fellow Hager Scholars. Our community stuck together over these past two semesters, and it’s been a positive experience to start the year with.
-Chloe Anderson, C’25

Named in honor of Dr. Serafina Hager, a long-serving Italian professor and dean, the FLL Hager Scholars Program seeks to showcase and celebrate the incredible strength and diversity of language study at Georgetown. In addition to a course in their declared language or linguistics major (visit fll.georgetown.edu for a complete list of FLL majors), Hager Scholars take a series of courses that fulfill core requirements, taught by faculty who are particularly interested in the ways that language study informs their fields.

In Fall 2022, Hager Scholars will be enrolled in THEO-011 Introduction to Biblical Literature, as well as LING-001 Introduction to Language and/or GCPL-1001 Introduction to Global Literature. In the Spring semester, students will continue learning as a cohort, enrolling in a general philosophy course and either a history survey or a second linguistics course to complete their core requirement in social science.

In addition, Hager Scholars will be enrolled in a biweekly, yearlong, one-credit colloquium, coordinated by French professors Milena Santoro and Guy Spielmann and organized around the theme “Languages in Coexistence.” The colloquium is designed to introduce students to a wide range of FLL faculty and their research interests and to learn how to engage in scholarly study in a supportive environment. For example, students will explore the research process, from finding appropriate academic sources to composing a short research proposal. Throughout this process, Profs. Santoro and Spielmann will provide students with detailed feedback. Lastly, the colloquium will expose students to the many opportunities available to language majors outside of the classroom, in DC, and beyond.