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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, 

http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/certificates/. Advising 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 dean.

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 courses.

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 seniors.

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL 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.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, & 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 9/7/2013http://registrar.georgetown.edu/


4. Career Planning

It is time to get started! http://careercenter.georgetown.edu/

Welcome back!

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 (CULP major) 

Mini Murphy, Associate Dean (STIA major) 

Anthony Pirrotti, Assistant Dean (IHIS major) 

Emily Zenick, Assistant Dean (RCST major) 


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In this installment of the Spotlight: Asia podcast, Professor Kristen Looney discusses the globally followed corruption and obstruction of justice trial of popular Chinese official, Bo Xilai.

Dr. Kristen Looney is an Assistant Professor of Georgetown University's SFS Asian Studies Program.

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The Scholarly Research and Academic Integrity Tutorial

This online tutorial covers important research skills and discusses the importance of research ethics. It is required of all first-year and transfer students and must be completed by Friday, October 4, 2013, prior to pre-registration for Spring. The 2013 tutorial will be available on the first day of classes, August 28, 2013. The tutorial is a collaborative project of students, faculty and staff from the Georgetown University Library, the Honor Council, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), the Registrar’s Office, University Information Services (UIS), the Writing Center and each of the undergraduate schools.

Covers important research skills such as:

  • When and how to use the Web for research;
  • Differences between the Web and online library resources;
  • How to find scholarly books and articles;
  • Where to go for help.

Discusses the importance of research ethics:

  • How and why to keep track of sources;
  • Why it's important to credit your sources;
  • How to work in groups and share materials ethically.

Use This Service:

Note: This is the 2013 tutorial:

First-year and transfer students: Log in to MyAccess with your Georgetown University NetID and password and click on the tutorial.

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    • AP credits: Credits for scores that have been received by Georgetown are on the sheet in your packet. If any are missing, alert your dean/academic counselor and bring to him/her your original copy of the AP score report. AP credits will show up on your transcript later in the semester.
    • AP credits list: http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/core/advanced/ap/.  
    • IB credits: Credits are possible for Higher Level subjects with scores of 6 or 7. If you have mailed in the Advanced Credit Information form and the official IB report has been received by Georgetown, you should see the credits appear on your transcript in MyAccess.
    • IB credits list: http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/core/advanced/ib/.  

    • 13-Year Programs (A-Levels, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, etc.): Make an appointment to see Dean Kendra Billingslea during this week for evaluation of transfer credit. You must bring an official report of your scores.

    • College Credits: For courses that satisfy the conditions of transfer credit, please work with your dean to post them on your record.  For more information: http://bulletin.georgetown.edu/admissions/.

    • All credit will be uploaded to your degree audit and transcript by the end of September.

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How to Schedule an Appointment Online

Go to http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/ and click: “Make an Appointment”.

1. Go to http://bsfs.georgetown.edu and click on "sign up for appointments" on the left side of the screen.

2. Click on your deans name. Students will see a calendar showing the available appointments. You will also see your own Google calendar overlaid on the appointment page, making it easy to see what times work for you.

3. To book an appointment, simply click one of the available appointment buttons (GREY), enter a description/reason for the appointment and click Save.

  • Appointments that have been booked won’t be visible to other students on the appointment page.

  • Students can cancel their appointment by deleting or declining the event on their own calendar, which will appear as a decline on your Deans calendar. The appointment then becomes bookable for other students on the appointment page.

  • Notes: 1. Make sure your Google calendar is set for the Eastern Time Zone and 2. All appointments are located in the SFS Dean's Office, ICC 301

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Momnoon Hussain was just elected President of Pakistan, filling the largely ceremonial post with a strong ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is presently in Pakistan with the goal of improving US-Pakistan relations. In this installment of the Spotlight: Asia Podcast, Professor Touqir Hussain shares his thoughts on the newly elected President Hussain, Pakistan’s present challenges, and the future of the US-Pakistan relationship.

Ambassador Touqir Hussain is a Professor in the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University. Formerly, he served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan, Spain, and Brazil and as a diplomatic adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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