Minors

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; they may be declared at the same time as or any time after declaring a major, but not before. As minors draw off existing curricular offerings, only the following minors are feasible at GU-Q: Economics, History, Government, Philosophy, and Theology.  GU-Q offers its own Arabic minor, whose requirements differ from those of the main campus Arabic minor.

Please note that students minoring in a given discipline will not receive preferential access to courses within that discipline.  Priority access to classes is reserved for majors and for students needing to complete their core requirements.

Of Special Note:

  • At most two among minors and certificates may be pursued (2 minors, 1 minor and 1 certificate, or 2 certificates).
  • Students may double-count up to 2 SFS-specific core requirements towards any minor, excluding the Freshman Proseminar and the introductory history requirement.
  • There can be no double counting of courses between or among programs (major and minor, minor and certificate, minor and minor, or certificate and certificate), except in cases of 7-course certificates or minors that explicitly allow for the double counting of one course between two programs. Up to two courses may double-count between a certificate and a major.
  • For transfer credit within a minor (e.g. AP, study abroad, or non-GU credit) please consult the Bulletin. In general, a student may count no more than 3 courses from outside Georgetown towards the minor and generally only 1 study abroad course.
  • Please note that the requirements for the following minors differ for SFS students: economics, government, and history.

 

Arabic       Economics       Government        History       Philiosophy        Theology

 

Arabic Minor

The Arabic minor will require students to complete seven courses and to demonstrate proficiency in Arabic.

Students may elect to pursue both a minor and a certificate, along with their other graduation requirements, as long as they can complete the requirements for all in time for graduation. To declare the minor, review the Arabic minor requirements, ensure that you can complete the requirements for the minor in time for graduation, then complete the Arabic Minor Declaration Form.

If you have any questions about the minor requirements and your graduation, please consult your decanal advisor.

 

Economics Minor

At most two courses can be double-counted between the SFS Economics Core and the Economics Minor. i.e. Students who take ECON 001 and 002 (or fulfill either or both by AP or other credits) will double-count these with the Minor, and will not be able to double-count ECON 242/243/244.

Students who take ECON 003 will double-count this with the Minor, and additionally double-count one course among ECON 242/243/244. No courses may double-count between a major and a minor. Students who take one of the statistics courses to fulfill a major requirement will be required to take another additional economics elective for the Minor.

To declare the minor, review the requirements, ensure that you can complete the requirements for the minor in time for graduation, then complete the Minor Declaration Form.

 

Government Minor

SFS students who choose to minor in Government are strongly encouraged to take GOVT courses rooted in Political Science subfields and topics that SFS major courses do not cover. 

Students in SFS who minor in Government complete six courses, after checking with the director of undergraduate studies to determine if any modification should be made for the foundational courses requirement. Students can receive minor credit for no more than one course taken outside of the university; transfer students may receive minor credit for up to two political science courses taken at another college or university. 

To declare the minor, review the requirements, ensure that you can complete the requirements for the minor in time for graduation, then complete the Minor Declaration Form.

 

History Minor

The History Minor consists of 18 credits.  At least three credits (one course) must be numbered 300+ and no more than six credits (two courses) may be from the 001-099 level.  Students may double-count no more than two courses with core history requirements.  

To declare the minor, review the requirements, ensure that you can complete the requirements for the minor in time for graduation, then complete the Minor Declaration Form.

 

Philosophy Minor

The requirements for a minor in philosophy are six courses in philosophy: the two courses to fulfill the core requirement and four additional courses. At least two of these six courses must be at the 200-level or above. A maximum of two philosophy courses taken abroad may be counted in the minor with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

To declare the minor, review the requirements, ensure that you can complete the requirements for the minor in time for graduation, then complete the Minor Declaration Form.

 

Theology Minor

The minor requires a total of six courses: two core courses - THEO-001 or 011 and one additional course 011-199; in addition to four additional electives. Minors are required to take one course at the advanced level (200+)

Note: At least four courses in the minor must be THEO courses, originating in the Theology and Religious Studies department (i.e., there can be no more than two courses in other Georgetown University departments that have been cross-listed or transferred from study abroad or summer at another institution, subject to approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies). An exception is made for transfer students, who may transfer a maximum of three courses taken at a previous institution. 

To declare the minor, review the requirements, ensure that you can complete the requirements for the minor in time for graduation, then complete the Minor Declaration Form.