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James Loeffler is Dean's Visiting Scholar on the Andrew Mellon Foundation New Foundations Fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is on leave from the University of Virginia, where he is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies. At UVA, he created the first undergraduate course on the History of Human Rights. A specialist in modern European and Jewish history, he is currently at work on a book entitled, A Vanishing Minority: Human Rights as Jewish Politics, 1919-1989, and an edited volume, The Law of Strangers: Critical Perspectives on Jewish Lawyering and International Legal Thought

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The sign-up sheet for the Arabic oral proficiency is up from Oct. 21- Nov. 8. at 4:00 p.m. In order to sign up for the proficiency exam, you are required to provide a check made out to the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies for $25.00 to hold your exam spot. Checks will be destroyed upon successful completion of the exam at your scheduled time, but if you fail to show up for your scheduled appointment, the check will be cashed. 

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All APs, IBs, A-levels and other advanced credit received by us are now posted on your transcripts/in MyDegree.  Take a look to make sure all you are expecting is there. To view go to MyAccess https://myaccess.georgetown.edu/pls/bninbp/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin  To view advanced credit policies go to http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/core/advanced/.  If your scores are not posted, please contact your dean.


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October 10, 2013. As Washington hopes for a breakthrough on the Iranian nuclear issue with Iran's new President Rouhani, the Leveretts argued that change really needs to come from Washington. This will require a thorough reassessment of American grand strategy in the Middle East, enabling Washington finally to accept the Islamist governance and foreign policy independence of one of the world's most important civilization states--just as, in the 1970s, Washington finally accepted the People's Republic of China, another civilization state with a revolutionary commitment to strategic independence.

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“Information to Take You Through the Rest of the Semester”

Abridged Notes from the SFS Freshman Class Meeting (October 2)


Scheduling a Meeting with Your Dean



Your SFS Academic Council Freshman Representatives

Devika Ranjan, dr674@georgetown.edu

Stephen Yin, zy63@georgetown.edu

SFS Academic Council, gusfsac@gmail.com


Campus Resources

Academic Resource Center, arc@georgetown.edu

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Career Education Center

ECON Tutoring, Head Tutor, Berin Senne, berin.senne@gmail.com


AP, IB, and other Credits

AP credit will be uploaded by Friday, October 4th.  IB and other 13th year credit will be uploaded by Friday, October 11th.  If not, please contact your dean.


Parents’ Weekend (October 18-20)


Mid-Semester Advisory Grades (October 18)


Withdrawal Deadline (November 5)

- W will appear on transcript

- after this deadline, you are committed to completing the course


Pre-Registration (November 4-16) for Spring Semester

Schedule of spring courses posted on web just before that


Normal load:

- if you are not taking an intensive language, 5 courses plus Map

- if you are taking an intensive language, 4 or 5 courses plus Map


Requests should include:

- Foreign Language (taken in sequence until proficiency is fulfilled)

- Econ (for most, ECON-001 Micro Principles or ECON-002 Macro Principles)

- PHIL-099 Political and Social Thought (if not taking it now)

- Core requirements

- INAF-008 Map


Go to BSFS website for core requirements, and MyAccess’s MyDegree function to see what has counted against satisfaction of requirements



Priority among Core requirements:

- 1st History (HIST-008) unless you have AP or other credit

- 1st Theology (THEO-001, THEO-011)

- 1st Humanities & Writing (HUMW-011) unless you have AP or other credit


Next level priority:

- GOVT-006 IR

- Regional History


Prospective IECO/IPEC majors: If you do not have Calc I credit yet, you want to take Calc I (MATH-035).


Order of the courses submitted in MyAccess matters for priority.  Selecting alternates is very important.


Incomplete (N grade)

- at the end of the semester, if for serious illness or grave family reasons you cannot complete the course, you can request to take an incomplete by submitting supporting documentation to your dean/counselor

- not for other reasons (such as not being ready or slept through the exam)

- if dean approves, you will have until March 15 to finish the remaining requirements

- you cannot take an incomplete by just getting the professor’s approval: you have to have the dean’s approval, without which you will get an unauthorized incomplete (failing grade subject to academic probation)


Final Exam Conflicts

- if you have two final exams scheduled at the same time, or three exams on one day or three examinations in a row, you can request one of them to be rescheduled to the last day of final exams (December 19)

- only applies to regularly scheduled final exams, and not take-home exams, paper due dates, and make-up exams

- form is available at the dean’s office, and request must be submitted by the last day of classes (December 6)


Good Academic Performance

Honor roll each semester (recorded on transcript):

3.5 = Dean’s List (cum laude)

3.7 = Second Honors (magna cum laude)

3.9 = First Honors (sigma cum laude)

Cumulative GPA will determine cum laude honor status upon graduation.


Note: 3.0 cumulative needed to be able to study abroad during junior year.


Poor Academic Performance

Academic Standards Committee looks for:

-       D+s, Ds, Fs (including U in Map course)

-       Failure to enroll in required classes

-       Failure to enroll in language classes if proficiency is not completed

-       Patterns of withdrawals

-       Unauthorized incompletes

-       Low GPAs (less than 2.5)

Committee has authority to impose sanctions: probation, final probation, suspension, and dismissal.


Policies and Procedures

For comprehensive policies, go to:




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Withdrawing from a course(s): Deadline is Tuesday, November 5th. If you are having trouble in a course and contemplating a withdrawal, please contact your dean. Information on withdrawing can be found at http://bulletin.georgetown.edu/#withdrawal. Students must fill out a paper add/drop form (found SFS Dean's Office) and obtain their dean's signature.

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The SFS Dean's Office would like to announce the 2013-2014 Academic Council Representatives:

President: Kyle Zhu

Senior Reps: Brandon Lam and Denis Peskov

Junior Reps: Jinyoung Lee and Megan Murday

Sophomore Reps: Maurice McCaulley and Rachelle Zehnder

Freshmen Reps: Devika Ranjan and Stephen Yin

The Dean's office looks forward to working with the Council during the next academic year.  We thank the current council for all of the hard work through out the year, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the future council.

The Academic Council can be reached at gusfsac@gmail.com.

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The School of Foreign Service announces a new two-semester course called Foundations of Grand Strategy, taught by professors Charles Kupchan and John McNeill.  The class will be offered for the first time in the spring of 2014 and will continue into the fall of 2014. The class will enroll 30 students. Entry into the class will be by application only, and students will be expected to enroll consecutively in both semesters.  Normally, students will take the class in the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year. However, sophomores are encouraged to apply and will be admitted as space permits. All BSFS majors are welcome to apply.

The class will combine three main approaches to the study of grand strategy.  First, it will engage in a close reading of classic texts by authors from different political and cultural contexts, such as Sun Tzu, Kautilya, Machiavelli, and Clausewitz.  Second, it will examine historical case studies from ancient to modern times, chiefly great powers such as the Roman Empire, Mongol Empire, Soviet Union, and United States.  Third, it will consider strategic issues of the contemporary world, including those involving the U.S., China, and some non-state actors such as multi-national corporations.  The class aims to teach students how to think strategically about international history and global politics.

Applications to enter the course will be due October 10, 2013 and should be emailed to Dean Arsenault (ejg28@georgetown). Selections will be made soon thereafter. Applications will consist of a 300-word statement of interest; a paper, of at least 10 pages, previously submitted for any Georgetown class; and an official or unofficial academic transcript. Please contact Dean Arsenault if you have any additional questions.

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The Alvarez Memorial Scholarship fund was established through the generous support of members of the Alvarez family to honor the memory of their father, Mr. Pedro A. Alvarez. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship awards to students in the School of Foreign Service who, due to limited financial resources, would otherwise be unable to accept non-paying public interest internships or research assistantships. This semester, the School of Foreign Service is happy to offer two Alvarez Scholarships in the amount of $1500 each to current students in the School who receive need-based financial aid from the University. According to the terms of the gift, recipients must show that they have obtained an unpaid internship or research assistantship. The $1500 scholarship award will be paid to each recipient’s student billing account for the fall 2013 term, and will replace part of the amount in a GU financial aid package that each student would otherwise have been expected to contribute toward his/her 2013-2014 academic year costs.

To apply: Please email Kendra Billingslea (kpb2@georgetown.edu) a brief statement, in 250 words or less, describing your fall semester internship or research assistantship, and explaining how it fits into your educational goals. Also include the your supervisors name, contact info and the companies website address. By submitting an application (essay), you give permission to Georgetown University Office of Student Financial Services to release the information contained in your financial aid application and award package to the the SFS Dean's office for the purpose of selecting recipients for the Alvarez Scholarship. All information will be used for scholarship selection purposes only and will be kept confidential.

Deadline: Tuesday, October 1st by 5:00 p.m.

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