From time to time, the College offers courses that are designed for a select group of students and are not housed in a specific academic department. Recent examples have included courses such as Freshman Seminar, GRE/LSAT Preparation, International Student Orientation, Study Skills, and Student Development Theory.

Only 7 credit hours of GSC course credit earned count toward graduation; GSS course credit does not count toward graduation. Additionally, mini-term courses are occasionally presented in this manner and, therefore, do not appear as regular catalog offerings. One should consult the schedule of classes published by the Registrar each semester regarding the availability of these courses.


FDN 111. Foundations I. (3 hours) This course is designed to equip students with foundational skills in academic inquiry, analysis, argument, critical thinking and discussion, and expression of ideas. Students will cultivate these skills while exploring a set of significant works from literature, philosophy, religion, the natural and social sciences, and the fine arts. The course materials will be historically organized and will engage issues within a theme of perennial or pressing concern. Fall and Spring

FDN 112. Foundations II. (3 hours) This course is designed to build upon students’ foundational skills in academic inquiry, analysis, argument, critical thinking and discussion, and expression of ideas, as derived from FDN 111. The course will contain modestly interdisciplinary content, though it may be taught within a specific department. Foundations 112 courses MAY satisfy an Area of Inquiry requirement and/or departmental prerequisites. These courses MAY also satisfy Cultural Awareness Flag requirements but will not count towards the Writing or Quantitative Flags. Students should consult each semester’s offerings for specific course information. Fall and Spring

GSC 101. Freshman Seminar. (1 hour) Freshman seminar is a 1 hour course designed for first-semester college students. The course affords students the opportunity to study and discuss topics important to college life and academic success and to learn and practice essential skills in a supportive small group atmosphere under the guidance of their faculty advisor. Students may earn 1 to 7 credit hours in GSC classes toward graduation. Fall

GSC 180. Information Literacy. (1 hour) This course provides an introduction to information research skills which include: an understanding of how information and knowledge are produced and organized within a societal context; creating effective strategies for finding information; developing competency in using print and electronic sources to locate information; developing critical thinking skills to evaluate information found; how to cite information in a works cited list; issues related to plagiarism, copyright, and intellectual freedom; and the effective application of these skills during and after college. Students may earn 1 to 7 credit hours in GSC classes toward graduation. Fall and Spring

GSC 461. Internship. (1-3 hours) Students may receive graduation credit for internships that meet the faculty-approved criteria for academic internships. Such experiences include a significant reflective component and must be supervised by a full-time member of the Georgetown College faculty. The General Studies internship does not count toward major, minor, or general education credit; it will count as upper-level hours toward graduation and toward upper-level hours in lieu of a minor. Students should check to make sure that a departmentally-based internship is not more appropriate for their needs. Students receiving GSC credit toward the 15 hours of upper-level credit outside of their major must demonstrate that the internship falls outside of their major department in order for the credit to count toward the 15 hour minor equivalent. No more than three hours of GSC Internship credit could be applied toward the 15 hour minor equivalent without approval from the Provost. Students may earn 1 to 7 credit hours in GSC classes toward graduation. Fall and Spring

GSS 105. Elements of Quantitative Reasoning. (3 hours) A review of the numerical and algebraic skills that are prerequisites to successful completion of a Foundations math course. Topics include properties of numbers, scientific notation, factoring, exponents, simplifying polynomials and rational expressions, solutions of linear, quadratic, and rational equations, graphing lines and other standard functions, finding equations of lines, and word problems. Students with a math subscore on the ACT of less than 19 (or its equivalent) must begin GSS 105 (or pass a by-pass exam or transfer an equivalent and previously approved course) no later than the third semester of full-time enrollment. Students must enroll in this course every semester until they have successfully completed the course with a grade of C or above; grading will be X or C or above. Students are not eligible for their essential proficiencies math class until they have successfully completed GSS 105 or its equivalent. Drop slips must be approved by the department chair or the Mathematics Program Coordinator. GSS credit can affect GPA but does not count toward graduation. Fall and Spring

GSS 280. Student Development & Leadership Theory. (2 hours) Student Development & Leadership Theory is a course designed to provide students with the foundations of leadership thought and theory. The goal of the course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their personal responsibilities and commitments within the context of leadership and how these characteristics directly impact their community. GSS credit can affect GPA but does not count toward graduation. Fall and Spring

HON 107. Honors Reading Group. (1 hour) A student reading group, convened by a faculty member. Group meets once per week to discuss assigned readings; students take turns leading discussion. Possible “readings” include: an anthology of short stories or poetry, collections of essays on a particular topic, a novel, or even a Film Series. This course may be repeated up to three times for credit, provided that a substantially different set of readings is covered each time. Enrollment is limited to students in the Honors Program. Fall and Spring

HON 300. Honors Seminar. (3 hours) An interdisciplinary seminar on a topic chosen by the Honors Program Committee. Open to Honors students after their freshman year. May be repeated for credit, provided that different topics are taught each time. Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program. Spring

HON 440. Honors Independent Study. (0-3 hours) Prerequisite: Prior arrangement with the Instructor. As needed