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Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences

The importance of educating informed, thoughtful citizens has never been clearer. At the College of Arts & Sciences, Georgetown students learn to think critically, and how to share those insights effectively. Steeped in the rich liberal arts tradition, they discover the value of creativity, how to discern truth and meaning, and how they can make a difference in the world.

Philanthropic investment will ensure that every College graduate sets out into the world with the distinctive strengths that come from working with faculty mentors, collaborating with peers, researching and creating, and exchanging ideas across departments and disciplines.

Our commitment to truth, discovery, and the liberal arts tradition

Read an overview of the College’s strategic priorities as it works to equip students with the analytical strategies, communication skills, leadership capabilities, and service ethic to achieve their ambitions.

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  • Learning from experts

    We will invest in faculty—the foundation of teaching and discovery.

    Distinguished academic leaders—and their interactions with our students—fuel the College learning experience. Research, teaching, and mentorship in the College all hinge on our ability to provide the endowed positions and resources that help recruit and keep outstanding faculty and practitioners at Georgetown.

    By investing in Georgetown’s most accomplished scholars, and welcoming additional experts, we will enrich students’ academic experience and the College’s research excellence.

    Named and endowed chairs for exceptional faculty

    To recognize properly the contributions of our best teachers and researchers, and to compete effectively for world-class faculty, the College of Arts & Sciences must increase the number of endowed chairs and professorships. These named, philanthropically funded positions are necessary tools for recruiting, retaining, resourcing, and rewarding faculty who enrich our learning environment.

    We seek to establish 38 named and endowed faculty positions, with special emphasis in several key areas: African American studies, Catholic studies, computer science, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

    Support for practitioners-in-residence

    Our location in Washington, D.C., allows us to draw on a wealth of practitioners working at the forefront of their respective fields. Bringing their experience and enthusiasm to the classroom, these experts help students see first-hand the connection between their liberal arts education and impact in the world.

    Philanthropic support will enable us to build an even deeper bench of leaders in fields spanning film and media, journalism, art and music, and the humanities.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at collegegiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Learning with peers

    We will invest in diversity in community.

    Through engagement with a diverse and dynamic community, students in the College come to better understand themselves and the unique impact they can have on the world. Everyone benefits when we can enroll talented, passionate students with a broad array of backgrounds—and create plentiful opportunities for collaboration and connection.

    By investing in undergraduate scholarships and small-group seminars, we will ensure that students in the College have ample opportunities to learn in diverse cohorts, united by shared interests and enlivened by the world’s brightest minds.

    Undergraduate scholarships

    More than 40 years ago, Georgetown made the transformational decision to become one of the nation’s few institutions that admits undergraduate students on a need-blind basis and meets U.S. students’ full demonstrated financial need. The commitment is critical to our success and central to who we are.

    Georgetown’s foremost priority is to increase the number of philanthropically funded undergraduate scholarships—awards that shrink students’ loan burdens and help clear their path to a Georgetown education.

    Small-group seminars

    The College’s Ignatius Seminars model for students from their very first year that learning is not only about mastering information but also about reflection. Limited to between 16 and 20 students and offered exclusively to first-years in the College, these seminars challenge students to grow as people, intellectuals, and citizens through their studies.

    Currently, students apply for a limited number of spaces in these highly sought-after courses. We seek to widen access by expanding the number of first-year seminars—and hope to extend the model to students in their sophomore year, too.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at collegegiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Learning by doing

    We will mentor every student through a research experience.

    It isn’t enough to teach students how to consume information. They need to learn how to create it, working closely with expert faculty. Whether in the lab, the library, the studio, or the field, every student should be a part of original research during their time at Georgetown.

    By connecting students with faculty mentors and providing the resources to support experiential learning, we will set students on a lifelong quest for knowledge and spark new waves of innovation.

    Support for undergraduate research

    Research unites our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates as they search for new knowledge that will serve the common good. The process of inquiry becomes as valuable as the knowledge generated by it, demanding creativity, curiosity, persistence, and faculty-student collaboration.

    Awarded in grants of up to $5,000 per student, Royden B. Davis Fellowships are one way the College supports students engaging in lab work, field work, and independent inquiry under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The fellowships also aid students pursuing service-learning, community-based work, and unpaid internship experiences connected to their academic interests. Expanding this fellowship program will be essential to realize our ambition of having every student in the College complete a research or experiential learning opportunity.

    Student maker funds

    In the College’s Film and Media Studies Program, firsthand creative experiences are a chief way students learn how to translate their artistic visions into reality. We offer students opportunities to produce high-quality work, access to industry professionals, and the means to share powerful stories.

    Endowed student experience and equipment funds ensure students have the resources they need to participate in events, field experiences, internships, and community-based opportunities—and to see their film and media projects to fruition.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at collegegiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Learning across disciplines

    We will graduate creative thinkers ready to confront complex challenges.

    Multidisciplinary collaboration is central to the modern academy—and to our students’ future success as problem-solvers who can see past traditional boundaries. The College fuels that work by bringing experts and students together to address urgent issues from diverse perspectives.

    Philanthropic support for interdisciplinary programs and new initiatives like the Humanities Center will accelerate the exchange of ideas across departments and disciplines, preparing graduates to excel in an increasingly complex world.

    A vision for the humanities at Georgetown

    This is a crucial moment for Georgetown to reimagine how we teach and engage with the humanities, disciplines that are foundational to the university’s mission. Our world needs creative, critical leaders who can grapple with vexing problems. Moreover, as quantitative disciplines like science, technology, and engineering increasingly influence our reality, there is a need to recommit to the role of the humanities in understanding our lives, our values, and our ambitions.

    The Humanities Center will knit together and amplify Georgetown’s established strengths in the study and application of the humanities, in part by:

    • Growing the humanities core, courses that are a central element of every Georgetown undergraduate’s education.
    • Giving the Humanities a permanent central space on Georgetown’s campus.
    • Investing in a new, signature cohort of interdisciplinary faculty chairs.
    • Creating Humanities Labs, where faculty, students, and visiting fellows can collaborate to address problems at the intersection of the humanities and fields such as medicine, business, and environmental science.

    In addition, we will launch a new Humanities Network and Humanities Forum, increasing the points of connection between Georgetown’s humanities community and outside partners, highlighting the humanities’ broad impact.

    Interdisciplinary programs poised for growth

    Students come to the College of Arts & Sciences eager to learn from experts in emerging fields. Recognizing the importance of cross-disciplinary work in our complex world, students and faculty alike rally around programs that explore potent intersections of key topics.

    We will strengthen programs that support this academic- and community-based work, providing the resources needed to attract top scholars and make rapid progress in areas such as Disability Studies, Environmental Studies, African American Studies, and Journalism.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at collegegiving@georgetown.edu.

“Immersion in academic life provides an unparalleled foundation for the work of personal formation. What is distinctive within a university community is the way in which our work centers around knowledge—the pursuit, exploration, discovery, construction, interpretation, and the sharing of knowledge. We teach our students how to see patterns, make connections, identify anomalies, challenge assumptions. This is how we support young people in doing their most important work: learning to become their own authentic selves and how they will engage in the world.”

—Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia

Thank you for your support.

For centuries, the graduates of Georgetown University’s College of Arts & Sciences have been at the forefront of pivotal human endeavors. They serve as educators, public servants, and statesmen; they work in business, law, medicine, and research—guiding, innovating, and inspiring.

The generosity of our alumni and friends will be essential as we build on this rich tradition.

To learn more about these priorities and the difference your gift could make, please contact us at collegegiving@georgetown.edu.