Sophomore year is a time
of decision making, in selecting your major and applying for study abroad. You
also need to be conscious about your major while selecting courses, since for
some majors there are specific courses that should be taken during the sophomore year.
Here are some guidelines.
1. Major Declaration
The major declaration period
begins at the conclusion of Add-Drop in September and ends on the Friday before Spring Break. If
you are applying for study abroad, your major has to be declared prior to
initiating the study abroad application. The procedure of major declaration can
be found at:http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/majors/declaration/
Don't wait: If you already know your
major, you should not wait to declare, as you can start establishing
relationships with the curricular dean (the dean in charge of each major)* and
the faculty mentor (if you choose to have one)**. Even if you are indecisive,
don't worry about going ahead; you will not be prevented from changing your
major in the future as long as there is a good academic justification and you
can still graduate on time.
More information on the majors can
be found at:http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/majors/
You can also start thinking if you
would like to pursue one of the certificates,
for certificates is done by individual certificate programs.
*Starting with major declaration,
your advising dean changes from your first-year (or
transfer) dean to the curricular dean.
** Having a faculty mentor is
optional; a student who chooses to have a mentor is expected to construct a
meaningful relationship with the faculty member.
2. Study Abroad Application
Some of the study abroad
application deadlines are during the fall semester. Identify the program and
the semester for which you wish to apply and make sure you know the deadline!
3. Major-Related Courses
during Sophomore Year
The following are general
recommendations. You need to contact the curricular dean for choice of courses
that would match your specific study goals and study abroad plan. You can now
see how important it is to declare early and start working with your curricular
CULTURE AND POLITICS: If
you plan to study abroad in the fall of your
junior year, you should consider
taking Theorizing Culture and Politics (CULP 045) in the spring of your sophomore year.
All students interested in CULP must attend a CULP Information Session (see
Globe for dates and times) before meeting one-on-one with Dean Gregory.
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS: It is
ideal to take Intermediate Micro in the fall, followed by Econ Stats or
Intermediate Macro in the spring especially if you may study abroad during
junior year. If Intermediate Micro
is full or does not fit your fall schedule, you can get started with
Intermediate Macro or Econ Stats. Calculus I is a prerequisite for these
INTERNATIONAL HISTORY: Students
must select an area of study around which they construct their major
coursework. Students interested in the major should meet with Dean Pirrotti
prior to declaring to discuss their areas of interest. All IHIS students take
HIST 305 Global Perspectives (fall only). IHIS students who study abroad during
junior year must take HIST 305
either as sophomores or as
ECONOMY: It is ideal to take Intermediate Micro in the fall, followed by
Econ Stats in the spring especially if you may study abroad during junior year. If Intermediate Micro is full or
does not fit your fall schedule, you can get started with Econ
Stats. Calculus I is a prerequisite for these courses. If you have not yet
taken GOVT-006, you should consider taking it this fall so that you can take
GOVT-288 in the spring if you have room.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: You
should have taken GOVT 006 by the end of the fall, and GOVT 121 by the end of
the spring. You may take one of the major courses in the spring. And you should
strongly consider taking IPOL 320 Quantitative Methods for International
Politics, especially if you plan to study abroad in the fall of junior year. All students interested in IPOL must
attend a IPOL Information Session (see Globe for dates and times) before
meeting one-on-one with Deans Arsenault and Billingslea.
REGIONAL & COMPARATIVE
STUDIES: All RCST majors must choose a specific theme to explore
within their region(s) of the world. This theme becomes the basis for course
selection in the major. Student pursuing Regional Studies must explain how the
theme applies to countries of interest within the selected region. Comparative
majors must justify the selection of regions against their selected theme.
& INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: STIA majors should
take STIA 305 Science & Tech in the Global Arena during the sophomore year.
The Add-Drop period is 8/26/2013
(starting times according to last names)to 9/7/2013. http://registrar.georgetown.edu/
4. Career Planning
It is time to get started! http://careercenter.georgetown.edu/
Mitch Kaneda, Associate Dean and
Director of the Undergraduate Program (IECO and IPEC majors)
Elizabeth Arsenault, Assistant
Dean (IPOL major - concentrations International Law, Norms, and Institutions
and International Security)
Kendra Billingslea, Assistant Dean
(IPOL major - concentration Foreign Policy and Policy Processes)
Maura Gregory, Assistant Dean
Mini Murphy, Associate Dean (STIA
Anthony Pirrotti, Assistant Dean
Emily Zenick, Assistant Dean (RCST
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