First Year Seminar

The First Year Seminar (FYS) Program is an exciting opportunity for first-year and transfer students at Georgetown McDonough to explore unique business topics. Students can select from the fall 2019 or spring 2020 course options that range from the patterns of global commerce and the intersection of global leadership and public policy to the anthropology of business, ethics in business, and the impact of individual differences in the workplace affecting performance. 

The small class size allows students to develop a mentoring relationship with their faculty and embrace learning through seminar-based lectures, guest speakers, and engaging in discussions with their peers. In addition, this course fulfills Georgetown University’s integrated writing requirement with an emphasis on strengthening students’ academic writing skills in the business field.

The FYS Program offers ten seminars during fall 2019 and five seminars during spring 2020. Approximately 20 students participate in each seminar during the fall or spring of their first year. 

Fall 2019 Semester Seminars:

  • Marketing in a Global and Connected World, Ronald Goodstein, Ph.D.
  • Who Are You? Individual Differences and Workplace Performance, Michael O’Leary, Ph.D.
  • Grand Strategy: Conceptual Foundations in Strategic Thought, Arthur Dong, J.D.
  • Patterns of Global Commerce, Charles J. Skuba, MBA
  • Competing in a Flat World, Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
  • International Trade: The Insiders, Michael Czinkota, Ph.D.
  • Cooking the Books: The Ethics of Financial Reporting, Kirsten Anderson, Ph.D.
  • Entrepreneurship and the Jesuit Tradition: Jeff Reid, MBA
  • Heroes and Villains: Character and Leadership in a Global Context, Robert J. Bies, Ph.D.
  • The Real Estate Game, Matthew Cypher, Ph.D., and Thomas Cooke, J.D.

Spring 2020 Semester Seminars:

  • The Anthropology of Business: Daniela Brancaforte, Ph.D.
  • An Exercise in Leadership: Jesuit Practices for Decision-Making and Organization Management: Rev. Bryant M. Oskvig, MBA, M.DIV.
  • Scarcity and Constraints, Rebecca Hamilton, Ph.D.
  • Bridging the Divide: Leading Across Business, Government, and Society, Nicholas Lovegrove, MBA, MPP
  • Leadership in Sustainable Cities: A Global Imperative, Robin Dillon-Merril, Ph.D.

Read more in the First Year Seminar brochure.