Special Academic Opportunities

International Programs

Georgetown College recognizes the tremendous value of knowledge and experience gained from studying outside the United States and provides support for a variety of opportunities abroad. Students at Georgetown may study with faculty through mini-term courses abroad or may pursue longer-term international experiences within a variety of settings. Further information on the following programs, available scholarships, and other opportunities may be obtained from the Office of International Programs.

  • Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. This program provides students from Georgetown several options: (1) up to one year of study in Regent’s Park College, Oxford; (2) a six-year ministerial education leading to a B.A. from Georgetown and a B.Th. from Regent’s Park College, Oxford; (3) a six- year ministerial education leading to a B.A. from Georgetown and an M.Th. (Applied Theology) from Regent’s Park College, Oxford.
  • Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). The College’s membership with CCSA allows it to offer short-term programs in English-speaking countries, such as Australia, Barbados, Belize, Canada, England, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland.
  • Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). The College participates in this consortium with others in Kentucky. Opportunities for study abroad have recently included Austria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and other countries.
  • Affiliated Study Abroad Partners. Georgetown College works with the following affiliated study abroad partners to offer a wide variety of study abroad programs/destinations to students: The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), International Studies Abroad (ISA), Sol Education Abroad, and Spanish Studies Abroad.

In addition to these programs, highly motivated students are able to pursue any number of study or service learning opportunities abroad. Students interested in pursuing more individualized projects abroad should begin planning well in advance, in close consultation with the Office of International Programs. See www.georgetowncollege.edu/international for more information.

Pre-Professional/Dual Degree Curricula

The College offers the liberal arts foundation for careers in law, medicine, dentistry, ministry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other professions. No single major choice is necessary for these pre-professional programs, but guidelines for curricular design in these areas can be found elsewhere in this catalog.

In addition, Georgetown College has dual degree programs with the University of Kentucky in Engineering Arts and Nursing Arts. The College also has a B.A./B.Th. program with Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. Information about these programs can be found at the end of the Curricular Offerings section of this Catalog.

In addition, Georgetown College has joint degree program agreements with the University of Kentucky that allow students to enroll in Masters programs while still completing their undergraduate degree: the B.A. and Master of Public Administration with the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky; and B. A. and Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Commerce with the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky. Information on those programs can be found under the Curricular Offerings listing for the Political Science department.

Independent Study/Course by Arrangement

Most departments have a course numbered 440 designating Independent Study. These courses allow for specialized study under the guidance of faculty members and are designed to individualize the academic program through significant learning experiences. Research or exploration of topics not currently addressed in catalog courses provides the basis for such study. Students should consult with their advisor for further information about these opportunities.

In extraordinary circumstances, a faculty member may agree to teach a regular catalog course to a single student in a modified independent study format. Such courses are designated as a Course by Arrangement.

Students intending to register for an Independent Study or Course by Arrangement must complete the Independent Study/Course by Arrangement Proposal Form found on the Registrar’s page on the GC Portal. Once the proposal is submitted to and approved by the Office of the Provost, the student will be registered for the independent study. Proposals must be submitted to the Office of the Provost by the fourth week of the fall or spring semester. Proposals for the summer or winter terms must be submitted before the term begins. Certain exceptions to deadlines may be approved by the Provost for extenuating circumstances. Students may earn a maximum of 15 credit hours of independent study to count towards graduation.


Though the College operates on the semester calendar, mini-term courses may be offered between the fall and spring semesters, after the spring semester, during fall and spring breaks, and during the summer. Such courses are typically intensive, experiential, and innovative. They often involve travel; study trips to Germany, Spain, England, and Mexico, as well as New York City and Washington, D.C., have been recent features. These courses are generally not a part of the listings in this catalog.

Experiential Learning Opportunities


Internship experiences provide valuable opportunities to integrate classroom learning with on-site application. Since the nature of these experiences is best defined in light of individual student interests, needs, and professional goals, the departments have established specific guidelines for such experiences. Credit may not be applied to past experiences or for anticipated future experiences. All internships must be approved by the Department Chair in order to count toward a major and/or minor. Students must also seek a faculty member with qualifications appropriate to overseeing the intern’s major area of study to supervise their internship, before the internship begins and registration will be accepted. Students intending to register for an internship must complete the form found on the Portal (Departments > Center for Calling and Career). The process for academic internships is outlined on the Portal. The form must be completed and submitted no later than the final date for drop/add (except under extenuating circumstances). Registration for the internship course will be finalized when the supervising faculty member confirms with the Registrar. Students may earn one to nine credit hours of internship toward graduation. If registering for summer sessions, there is a fee per credit hour.

Cooperative Experiences

On occasion, opportunities to engage in significant practical experiences become available which necessitate a planned break in enrollment. Along with one’s advisor and department chair, each student should plan these in the semester prior to the actual cooperative experience in order to ensure timely attention to matters related to campus housing, financial aid, etc.

Student Teaching

For a number of years, Georgetown College has been recognized for its programs in teacher education. Each student, upon completion of a teacher education program, participates in a semester of supervised teaching, applying knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Placement in an area school system under the direction of a cooperating teacher, while supervised by a College faculty member, provides a culminating pre-service experience.

Center for Civic Engagement

Georgetown College’s Center for Civic Engagement partners with faculty and community partners to inspire our students to become effective agents of change in their chosen professions and communities. Through strong ties between academic learning goals and service, structured critical reflection, and engagement with the community through collaborative partnerships, the center heightens the College’s environment for spiritual, intellectual, and social growth.

Georgetown College’s Center for Civic Engagement represents the College’s commitment to enhancing student identity (spirit), learning (mind) and engagement (action). The center supports and provides resources to the College and surrounding community to foster the connection between service and academic learning goals. The key to these experiences is the partnership between the College and our community partners. Civic engagement enhances students’ understanding of social issues and concerns, and fosters leadership, citizenship, organizing, and critical thinking, thereby serving the College’s mission of preparing students to engage in their life’s pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill.

Civic engagement experiences offered through the center include service- learning classes and community-based experiential learning. Service-learning classes are credit-bearing educational experiences where service is an integral part of a course and involves an intentional connection between service and academic learning goals. Community-based experiential learning is a faculty- led or staff-led learning opportunity to actively engage with the surrounding community but is not connected to a course.

Programs of Distinction

Georgetown College’s Programs of Distinction are unique academic opportunities that combine rigorous academics with specialized and carefully- designed extracurricular experiences to enrich and focus your time at Georgetown College and prepare you for whatever may come next.

Honors Programs

The Georgetown College Academic Honors Program strives to encourage the intellectual growth of the College community by giving highly motivated students at all levels the opportunity to pursue challenging and stimulating coursework.

Students who wish to participate in the program must apply to and be admitted to the Program in one of three tracks: Oxford Honors, Science Honors or Independent Honors.

  • Oxford Honors: This track provides an immersive experience in the Honors Program during the freshman and sophomore year. It is designed to prepare students to make a successful application to study at Oxford University through the College’s partnership with Regent’s Park College.
  • Science Honors: The Science Honors track develops students’ ability to conduct scientific investigation and research at a high level. Eligible students will be matched with a summer research experience.
  • Independent Honors: The Independent Honors track challenges students to develop their intellectual strengths and deepen their educational engagement by completing an Honors curriculum developed in consultation with an Honors adviser. During the junior year, students in this track propose and complete a section of HON440 (Honors Independent Study) suited to their individual goals and objectives.

Students generally enter the Honors Program as freshmen, but they may apply as late as the second semester of their sophomore year. If a qualified student applies to Oxford or Science Honors when no slots are available, they may be offered admission to the Independent Honors Program.

To graduate from the Honors program, students complete 21 hours of Honors credit, including:

  • 3 sections of HON170 (3 hours total), or HON300 (3 hours)
  • 15 hours of Honors classes, increments or contracts
  • 2-3 hours of Honors thesis credit

The manner in which Honors students fulfill the program requirements varies by track. After being accepted into a particular track, students are issued a contract that specifies how and when they are expected to fulfill all requirements. With the permission of the Honors Program committee, students may elect to switch tracks. Any exception to the program requirements must be approved by the Honors Program Director.

All courses that earn Honors credit will be noted on the student’s transcript. Honors courses may also count toward a student’s minor, or Foundations  and Core requirements, depending on the courses selected. In some circumstances, the Honors Seminar may also count toward a requirement. Up to six hours of Honors credit may be earned through tutorial classes at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

Students who complete all of the Honors Program requirements will be designated as graduates of the Georgetown College Honors Program on their official transcript.

Equine Scholars Program

Students who apply to become Equine Scholars have expressed their interest in pursuing professions and/or extracurricular activities related to the equine industry. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to pursue those interests both inside and outside the classroom. At the core of the program is the expectation that all Equine Scholars will pursue a balanced, liberal arts education. A student who enters Georgetown College with an Equine Scholars scholarship remains in the program for their four-year tenure at Georgetown College. This program will encourage the student to approach their liberal arts education in a way that develops their interest in the equine industry. More information is available on the Equine Scholars website, which is accessible through the Georgetown College website.

Equine Scholars are expected to participate in a variety of planned activities that serve to educate them about the many careers, disciplines, and opportunities in or related to the horse industry and introduce them to key leaders in each field. Participation is based on a points system.

All Equine Scholars are expected to do the following:

  • Attend designated Equine Scholars events, which could include lectures, field trips, and other activities specifically designed to explore issues of interest to those involved with the equine industry;
  • Perform volunteer activities designated as give-back to the equine industry. Activities could include representing the program at college or equine events, creating publicity material or presentations, and performing other activities related to an individual’s interest;
  • Complete at least one equine internship, either for academic credit (through a department that offers internships) or not for credit. These internships must be approved by the Equine Scholars Program leadership team and by the department chair for academic credit;
  • Maintain at least a 2.65 semester GPA; and
  • Complete three Equine Option projects that reflect on their interest in the equine industry. These projects require approval by faculty and the Equine Scholars leadership team.

Equine Option projects can take a variety of forms. For instance, a student could complete a paper assignment on a topic with an equine emphasis, create a work of art that is inspired by the horse, make a presentation in a speech class that focuses on some aspect of horses or horsemanship, complete a business class project on the horse business, etc. Students undertaking these projects must complete the Equine Option Approval Form. Note that faculty members are not asked to make any adjustments to their assignments in order to accommodate the Equine Option; this option should be something that fits within the normal structure of the class assignment.

Upon completion of all elements of the program, Equine Scholars will receive a certificate indicating that they have received the Equine Scholars Distinction.

Note that no specific major or minor is required, because of the diverse interests of Equine Scholars.

The Prototype Program

Students admitted to the Prototype Program will have access to personal studio space on Georgetown College Campus. They will be able to work with artists in the Visiting Artist and Future Emerging Artist in Residence Program. Program members will also have the opportunity to assist select faculty on special projects and exhibitions. This program is an opportunity for incoming Art students as well as current Art majors. The admission process to the Prototype Program will consist of a portfolio review and application letter. Applications are currently being taken to be reviewed before each semester by all Art faculty

Requirements for program admission and enrollment.

  • Must be an Art major at Georgetown College
  • Must be enrolled in an Art course each semester. If a student is unable to be in a class, and is not enrolled in an independent study developing a body of work or process, the student will relinquish their private studio.
  • Program participants will participate in group critiques, an open house, and a group exhibition each year consisting of the Prototype Program members.

Health Scholars

The Health Scholars Program is the perfect preparation for students interested in a health-related career. Along with providing a community of like-minded students, Health Scholars will give students important professional experiences, and the skills and preparation that they need to succeed in any form of post- graduate health program.

The Christian Scholars Program (CSP)

The Christian Scholars Program engages students in thoughtful reflection on the call to be Christ in the world as servant scholars. The following practices shape and guide CSP programs:

Learn - called to discover God’s world and our place in it, we pursue excellence in the classroom and thoughtful reflection beyond it.

Love - called to participate in God’s work, we strive to change our neighborhoods and our world with sacrificial, active love of God and neighbor.

Listen - called to lifelong transformation, once we have learned and loved, we seek to listen again: to God, to our own desires and talents, and to the voices of those that God has put in our lives.

CSP program, personnel, and resources help Georgetown College students to learn, both in and out of the classroom, to love through service, and to listen to God’s call. There are four requirements for CSP students:

  • CSP Directions: The summer before their freshmen year, CSP students attend a four-day camp, where they will make new friends, meet faculty and staff mentors, worship, and talk about God’s calling.
  • CSP Fall Break Retreat: CSP freshmen attend a fall break retreat, normally at Hilton Head, for some quality beach time, shared meals, worship, and reflection on vocation.
  • A Vocations Course: Sometime during their college career, students take a three- credit Vocations course, where they will read Scripture and great Christian texts, reflect on vocation, and participate in a spring break mission trip.
  • Chapel Service: Each semester, CSP students attend two chapel services, where they will worship and sing together and encounter God’s Word in a powerful way.

There are other opportunities as well, including spring break trips, service options, international service trips, and local trips, along with pizza lunches and other fun activities. Typically, students enter CSP as freshmen, but upper-class students are invited to participate in the program elements of CSP.

Maskrafters Academy

As a Theatre and Film major at Georgetown, you can hone your craft in our dedicated black box theatre or create an original student film. Our Maskrafters Academy allows accepted students to use film equipment for individual projects, participate in every stage show, attend workshops at the Humana Festival each spring, and intern in a related field. All Academy Students will also receive $500 during their senior year to allow them to direct a play or film a movie for their senior project. With our focus on developing new work for stage and screen, we give students the chance to explore their own ideas and the tools to become content creators.

Healthy Living and Leadership (HLL) Scholars

At Georgetown College we understand the ecological model of health -- that, although healthy lifestyles require self-responsibility, one’s environment strongly impacts what people do. The HLL Scholars program enables select students to gain experience in health promotion and leadership that will add further value to their exceptional Georgetown College liberal arts education

The HLL Scholars program is ideal for students pursuing allied health fields in which health promotion is a cornerstone. These fields include physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, athletic training, nursing, worksite wellness, public health, personal training, and strength coaching. The Georgetown College Kinesiology and Health Studies (KHS) department is recognized for excellence by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

HLL Scholars are required to:

  • Maintain active and ongoing membership in the Kinesiology and Health Studies (KHS) or Athletic Training (AT) Club, student-led organizations which provide leadership, experiential learning, and networking opportunities;
  • Complete a preceptorship, internship, or clinical experience as part of the coursework required for the major. The KHS department has established sites for all careers so that HLL scholars can earn college credit while building their professional resumes;
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

HLL Scholars are able to:

  • Enroll in a dedicated Freshman Seminar section for HLL Scholars;
  • Attend guest lectures by speakers in their field;
  • Meet professionals in their area of interest to expand their professional network;
  • Gain leadership experience.
  • Receive an additional $1,000 scholarship, renewable for four years.

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