Beginning this fall semester, Georgetown University in Qatar’s (GU-Q) students of international affairs can now choose from among five new minors in Economics, Government, History, Philosophy and Theology, it has been announced.
Along with Arabic, the new programmes bring the total number of minors offered at GU-Q to six, and are part of the Washington, DC campus’s initiative that offers students of the School of Foreign Service minors through Georgetown’s College of Arts & Science.
“We specifically chose minors that would complement the majors we offer at GU-Q and that would capitalise on the tremendous talent of our faculty and build on courses already offered in support of the core curriculum,” said Brendan Hill, senior associate dean for students.
The expanded offerings allow students to tailor their education, as well as academic experience, to their interests. “Now, motivated students have the added option of expanding their degree credentials by applying some of their coursework towards the single discipline of a minor degree that is distinctive from their main degree or the certificates we have traditionally offered,” explained Hill.
Before the launch of the minors, GU-Q students who wanted to complement their major field of study with coursework that deepens their understanding of a particular topic or region, had the option of pursuing one of three certificate programmes in American Studies, Arab and Regional Studies, or Media and Politics, the latter of which is offered in conjunction with Northwestern University in Qatar.
However, minors work differently from the multi-disciplinary certificate programmes, which denote a level of mastery in a given academic discipline.Students can choose to pursue both a certificate and a minor, or two minors, or two certificates.
With the addition of minors, students will now have the ability to structure “a truly unique degree reflecting their academic interests and exploring disciplines in more depth”, GU-Q has said in a statement.
GU-Q prepares students for a variety of careers “by providing a four-year liberal arts education grounded in the fundamentals of international relations reflected in GU-Q’s unique core curriculum and honed by the selection of one of four majors International Economics, International Politics, Culture & Politics and International History,” the statement adds.