Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS)

A World-Class Education in the Spirit of Service

Our BSFS degree combines a legacy of academic excellence with a devotion to humanitarian service. Immerse yourself in learning about some of the major issues which shape our world, and prepare for a life of service whether you go on to contribute to the success of businesses, or serve in the public or non-profit sector.

Undergraduate Degree

4 Years

30 Credits

Degree Overview

Starting with a core curriculum providing a strong grounding in a range of disciplines, students then choose their major and can deepen their studies through minors, certificates, and a range of hands-on learning and travel opportunities.

  • 337 Total GU-Q students as of Fall 2019
  • 558 Total GU-Q graduates
  • 45 Languages spoken across campus

Having entered upon the stage of world politics and world commerce, we assume worldwide obligations. Our viewpoint can never be the same again.

Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., First Dean of the School of Foreign Service

Degree Requirements

Starting with the first-year class entering in fall 2018, candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) Degree must complete the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least 120 credit hours
  • Completion of the SFS-Q Core Curriculum
  • Completion of one of the major programs
  • Achievement of Foreign Language Proficiency
  • Attainment of a final cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better

Completion of the university’s two year residency requirement, including completing one half of the courses required for the major in residence

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum must be completed in the first two years of studies. Certain courses are sequenced and must be taken at specific times. These are noted below.

2 courses. Track pursued depends on placement during NSO or advanced/transfer credit.

  • Either WRIT 014 (Fall Year 1) to WRIT 016 (Spring Year 1) Or  WRIT 015 (Fall Year 1) to a designated HALC* class

*Generally speaking, HALC courses cannot double count between the core and any other academic program.

3 courses

  • One introductory history course
  • Two regional history courses
  • Of these three courses, one must be designated an “early” history and one must be designated a “late” history.

2 courses

  • THEO 001 Problem of God (or THEO 011 Introduction to Biblical Literature, if offered)
  • One other course with THEO prefix or attribute

2 courses

  • PHIL 099 Political and Social Thought
  • One other course with PHIL prefix or attribute

2 courses**

  • GOVT 040 Comparative Political Systems (Spring Year 1)
  • GOVT 060 International Relations (Fall Year 2)

**Failure to complete the core government sequence as described above will adversely affect a student’s ability to declare the IPOL major and/or register for upper-level courses in government and politics.

3 courses

  • ECON 001 Principles of Microeconomics (Fall Year 1)
  • ECON 002 Principles of Macroeconomics (Spring Year 1)

Choose one of the following as the third Economics course (IECO majors are required to take ECON 243, ECON 244, and MATH 035 prior to starting the IECO major, so potential IECO majors are advised to take ECON 243 or ECON 244, and not ECON 242, as the third economics course):

  • ECON 243 International Trade (Fall Year 2)
  • ECON 244 International Finance (Spring Year 2)
  • ECON 242 International Economics (Fall Year 2)
  • Arabic and French course registration, and total number of courses, depends on placement.

2 courses, double-count with other degree requirements. Courses that satisfy this requirement will be attributed accordingly.

  • Diversity Global (can be taken at any point in the degree program)
  • Diversity Local (can be taken at any point in the degree program)

1 course, 1 credit

  • INAF 008  (Spring Year 1)

1 course

  • INAF 100 (Fall Year 1)

1 course

  • Any course that is attributed accordingly

Majors in the BSFS Degree

Culture and Politics

Understand the connections between culture, society and politics in international affairs.

International Economics

Analyze markets and economic relationships among countries, and to evaluate the effects of policy on the economic welfare of individuals, firms, and countries

International History

Explore the world, both past and present, through the comparative, transitional study of historical events and phenomena.

International Politics

Discover the structure of the international system and how state and non-state actors compete and cooperate with one another.

Minors in the BSFS Degree

GU-Q students are eligible to pursue some of the minors offered by the College of Arts and Sciences on main campus. Students are encouraged to select minors that are distinctive from their major or certificate. Minors are optional and not required in the School of Foreign Service. The following minors are feasible at GU-Q.


Students may also complement their major field of study by pursuing specialized coursework that deepens their understanding of a particular region.  Three such programs are offered at GU-Q:

Certificate in American Studies

Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies

Certificate in Media and Politics

Arabic Language Program and Arabic Minor

GU-Q’s innovative Arabic Language Program developed by world-renowned scholars in Arabic language learning, offers Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for both heritage language learners and foreign language learners, developing professionals equipped to work in Arabic environments.

Applying to GU-Q

Interested in applying?  We invite you to learn more about how to apply to each of our programs, including information on tuition fees and expenses, and options for scholarships and financial aid.

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