Undergraduate Academics

Core Curriculum

Academics within the SFS start with a multidisciplinary, introductory core curriculum including courses in international affairs, government, economics, history, theology, philosophy, and geography. First-year students take unique SFS courses like Political and Social Thought, Map of the Modern World, and a Proseminar designed to introduce students to Georgetown academic life.

Foreign Language Proficiency

All SFS students will also study a language during their time here with the goal of achieving proficiency before graduation. Georgetown offers a wide range of languages available to study, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Students benefit from a deep course selection within these languages that allows even the most proficient of students to continue to develop their language skills.

Majors and Concentrations

In their second year, SFS students will declare one of eight majors offered within the school. Although minors are not available within the SFS, students may opt to pursue an interdisciplinary certificate to further integrate their majors with their regional or thematic areas of interest.

Throughout their time in the School of Foreign Service, students will study tools and methodologies across systems and disciplines, gaining acute insights into the challenges facing the global community along the way. This interdisciplinary course of study will prepare SFS students to enter our dynamic world system thoughtfully and with the knowledge and passions to lead, to serve, and to inspire.

Announcing New Interdisciplinary Degree!

The McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service now offer an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Business and Global Affairs (BSBGA) open by application in Spring 2020 to first-year students enrolled in the McDonough School of Business and the School of Foreign Service.  The BSBGA features innovative signature courses taught by teams of McDonough School of Business and School of Foreign Service faculty and experiential learning in DC and around the world. Learn more about the new degree.