Degree Requirements

Students who successfully complete all of the following requirements will earn a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) upon graduation:

  • Completion of at least 40 courses worth three or more credit hours
  • 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

The core curriculum (see tab below) is designed to be completed in the first two years of study at Georgetown.  The core exposes students to, and develops knowledge across, a range of disciplines relevant to the study of international affairs.  Students then select a major in which to focus their studies.  Please review the graduation strategy guide for Year 1 and Year 2 which shows students what good progress toward the core curriculum in the first two years looks like.  Students will be held accountable to these "good progress" benchmarks in Academic Standards review, which is conducted twice a year.  Students who are not making good progress toward the degree may find themselves on academic probation.

Diversity Requirement

Georgetown University has instituted a new two-course diversity requirement effective with the Class of 2020. Students in the Class of 2020 and subsequent years will now take two courses that explore concepts of difference and diversity. The goal of these courses, as noted on the College website, is to "prepare students to be responsible, reflective, self-aware and respectful global citizens through recognizing the plurality of human experience and engaging with different cultures, beliefs, and ideas."

One course looks at domestic issues of diversity, which for the Qatar campus is defined as pertaining to the Arab World. The second course looks at global issues of diversity, which for the Qatar campus means looking at any region other than the Arab World.

These two diversity courses will double-count toward all other curriculum requirements, so they do not add to your total course and credit requirements for graduation. For example, a core history class or proseminar may also count as a diversity course. Major courses, certificate courses and free electives may also count as diversity courses. Courses that satisfy the diversity requirement will be attributed each semester in the schedule of classes. You can take these courses at any time before your graduation. You do not need to complete them in the first two years of study.

If you search the Spring 2017 course schedule, and any subsequent course schedules, you will see the diversity-attributed courses identified as follows:

  • Diversity-Domestic: SFS-Q
  • Diversity-Global: SFS-Q.

The Diversity attributes are included in your degree audit within MyAccess, so you can also check your progress toward completing these requirements there.