Majors, Minor 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.

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.

In addition, courses required for the newly launched Arabic language minor can double-count with a core requirement (like HALC), but cannot double-count with a major, another minor (should we roll out 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.


Majors (A Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service) 

Honors in the Major

Arabic Minor

GU-Q students can pursue an Arabic Minor.  The Arabic minor will require students to complete seven courses and to demonstrate proficiency in Arabic.

Georgetown University hosts one of the strongest university-level Arabic Language Programs in the world. Building on that tradition, Georgetown University in Qatar is proud to offer two Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) language tracks -- as a Foreign Language and as a Heritage Language -- to meet the needs of students in the Gulf region. All Arabic language courses employ innovative pedagogy in a culturally rich environment and use course materials published by world-renown scholars in Arabic language learning.

  • The MSA Foreign Language Program is designed for students who have no linguistic or cultural background in Arabic.
  • The MSA Heritage Language Program is designed for students with some colloquial or cultural knowledge of Arabic.

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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 program 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.

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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.

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Certificate in Media and Politics

The program enables students to better understand how politicians, diplomats, and policy makers influence, and are themselves influenced by, the media in its myriad forms and formats. It also introduces students to the ideological and political implications of the representations that the mass media generate. This program is offered in collaboration with Northwestern University in Qatar.

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