Liberal Arts Seminar
“Intensive, interdisciplinary, inspiring. Bringing together
the history, literature, music, and culture of a remarkable era, the Liberal Arts Seminar will be one of the most challenging courses that you take at Georgetown. And one of the most rewarding.”
—Professor Patrick R. O’Malley
A Georgetown College tradition since 1968, the Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS) connects first-year students to scholarship, to faculty, and to each other through cooperative learning. From the worlds of history literature, philosophy, and theology, the professors guide the small group of thirty participants to work through complex ideas together.
The LAS investigates the period between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, focusing on Europe’s encounter with the new World and on the struggles and developments of reason, faith, science, literature, music, and the figurative arts. With emphasis on reading and discussion, learning is teamwork that builds a unique sense of community for students and faculty through a shared intellectual experience, extending beyond traditional departmental boundaries.
Designed for the ambitious students, the Liberal Arts Seminar integrates a number of the College’s general education requirements into a year-long exploration, which emphasizes the exercise of speaking and writing within and across disciplines. Past participants are enthusiastic advocates of the seminar’s academic challenge and the relationships built among students and faculty in this foundational year.
Who may apply?
All first year students in Georgetown College. Science and premed students will need to arrange lab schedules around the LAS.
Admitted first-year students are sent application materials in early June.
2 courses and 6 credits each semester
Semester- or year-long?
The LAS is a year-long commitment.
4 general education requirements (2 humanities and writing and 2 history).
Enroll in LAS and another seminar option?
No, but you may apply for all programs.