This week, Vox wanted to give the Class of 2015 a sneak peek into each of Georgetown University’s four undergraduate schools. Today, we take a look at the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS).
So you’re in the NHS, easily the smallest of the undergraduate schools. There’s a good chance you’re pre-med, a better chance you’re female, and a sure-shot that you’re a particularly good finder (we win the Hogwarts game, College).
Being in the NHS means having fewer general education requirements than most of your friends. Everyone is required to take two classes each in humanities, philosophy, and theology, but that’s usually all the liberal arts you’ll have to take. And, with the exception of International Health, there is no foreign language requirement.
But that doesn’t mean you can take whatever classes you want. The would-be gen eds are replaced by a slew of major-specific requirements, which don’t leave much time for electives. For instance, Nursing majors can only take three open classes.
For most students, freshman year is synonymous with Human Biology, a memorization-heavy anatomy and physiology course that will test your commitment to your major. Be prepared for the workload, and remember to take advantage of the weekly tutoring sessions the NHS holds because, when it comes to Human Bio, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Also, the school all but guarantees you a spot in its required in-house classes. Be glad, as this will spare you the semesterly headache that is preregistration.
St. Mary’s and beyond
Student life in the NHS benefits from its intimate size. The academic council treats students to a couple pancake breakfasts and faculty dinners throughout the year. Also, the NHS holds a barbecue in the St. Mary’s parking lot each semester – a good time to schmooze with next semester’s professors.