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 Georgetown College (COL.)
Size does matter.
If you’re reading this, the odds are better than even that you are one of the many people preparing to enter Georgetown College next year along with nearly 60 percent of accepted students. By far the biggest of the undergraduate schools, the College also encompasses the most diverse range of subjects, with several dozen majors across a variety of liberal arts, histories, humanities, and sciences.
In many ways, the College’s lack of specialization is a benefit since you have the chance to tempt yourself with the opportunities of a theatre or medieval studies degree before settling down into, say, economics (or vice versa)! Anyhow, students who are undecided should not fret – College students declare their majors sophomore year, allowing for many opportunities to indulge your appetite for courses in basket weaving or African drums.
You didn’t think they were kidding about that well-rounded thing, did you?
College students should expect to spend a good part of their first two years completing general education requirements, with two courses apiece required in humanities/writing (including an intensive writing seminar), history, philosophy, theology, math/science (two classes in one field, or one science and one math or comp sci class), and social science (except for
lucky bastards overworked students majoring in sciences.)
In addition, students are required to achieve at least intermediate proficiency in a foreign language. However, unlike the SFS, we take the dead tongues too, so no need to pull your nose out of Virgil.
Finally, the optional but absolutely worthwhile Ignatius seminars offered to freshmen are an excellent chance to interact with distinguished members of faculty in a small setting, while this year’s
newly-offered two semester liberal arts seminars also allow you to knock out your history and humanities requirements in one sitting.