Majors, Minors, and Certificates


Georgetown University in Qatar prepares students for a variety of careers in international service by providing a four year liberal arts education focused upon the multidisciplinary study of international affairs. Completion of the multidisciplinary core curriculum in the first two years of study prepares students for entry into one of four majors offered: International Economics (IECO), International Politics (IPOL), Culture & Politics (CULP) and International History (IHST). Students declare a major in the fall semester of their second year, then usually pursue coursework for the major in the third and fourth years of studies. 

In all majors, students customize their program of study by selecting courses in fields related to their areas of interest. Students not only complete major courses on campus, but have the opportunity to take courses alongside students in the United States or to study overseas at one of more than 100 universities.

Double Counting Courses

Effective with the students who declared their majors in Spring 2017 and those following, students may double-count no more than two courses for both a certificate and a major.  For example, students who have declared a CULP major who are also pursuing a Media and Politics certificate may only double-count two courses for both CULP and the certificate.

Courses required for the Arabic language minor cannot double-count with a major, another minor, or a certificate – unless the certificate is an area studies certificate, like CARS, that requires language. In that case language courses required for CARS may double-count for the minor and certificate, primarily because the language is not the primary component of the certificate.

About Multiple Minors and Certificates

Students may complete any combination of three programs such as:

  • One major and two minors
  • One major, one minor, and one certificate
  • One major and two certificates.

GU-Q students may not double major.

Majors (A Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service) 

Culture and Politics

A multidisciplinary program that enables students to understand the connections between culture, society and politics in international affairs.

International Economics

A multidisciplinary program that enables students to understand markets and economic relationships among countries, and to evaluate the effects of policy on the economic welfare of individuals, firms, and countries.

International History

A multidisciplinary program that enables students to understand the world, both past and present, through the comparative, transnational study of historical events and phenomena.

International Politics

A multidisciplinary program that allows students to explore the structure of the international system and how state and non-state actors compete and cooperate with one another.


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. As minors draw off existing curricular offerings, only the following minors are offered at GU-Q: Economics, History, Government, Philosophy, and Theology.  GU-Q offers its own minors, including an Arabic minor, whose requirements differ from those of the main campus Arabic minor, a minor in Africana Studies in association with Northwestern University in Qatar, and a minor in Indian Ocean World Studies.

Certificate Programs

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

The program provides students with a solid understanding of the historical development of the American people, providing the necessary context for the exploration of cultural and social themes across a variety of disciplines, as well as the advanced study of American political processes and institutions.

Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies

The program capitalizes on the unique geographical, cultural and academic situation of GU-Q to highlight the connection of regional history with current issues, as well as to stress the impact of culture on the self-understanding of the Arab and Islamic world and its relationship with the West.

Certificate in Media and Politics

Offered in collaboration with Northwestern University in Qatar, this program enables students to better understand how politicians, diplomats, and policy makers influence, and are themselves influenced by the media. It also introduces students to the ideological and political implications of the representations that the mass media generate.