Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Online Course Schedule for Spring 2023

Thank you for your interest in Georgetown's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. We have moved our degree completion program fully online beginning Summer 2023. Learn more about the program and how to apply.


Axial Age Philosophy & Theo

The “Axial Age” from c.1100 BC to 400 BC witnessed the origins of most of the world’s great religions and philosophies from Europe and the Middle East to India and China. Monotheistic, transcendental, and nature religions arose and competed with idealistic, materialistic, and ethical philosophies. Reading their foundational texts of wisdom about God, creation, human nature, the good life, and the civic order will provide a comparative survey of philosophy and theology.

Note: Philosophy Core OR Humanities Core OR Culture Core

  • Course #: BLHV-441-01
  • CRN: 44388
  • Instructor: Shook, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


BioTech and Global Health

Following abuses such as World War II Nazi medical experiments on prisoners, and four decades of not treating men of color for syphilis at Tuskegee (1932-1972), in the early 1970’s, a government commission established guidelines for human subject research (Belmont, 1974-1979). This “bedside model” emphasizing autonomous (self-directed) patient consent became a quest for public agreement about procedures of sound clinical decision-making in the face of discrete uses or withholding/withdrawals of technology. These helped decisions about organ donation and neonatal intensive care (exploring rules such as justice, benefice and nonmaleficence or “do no harm”). This pursuit energized a new discipline of “Bioethics” for nearly half a century, pioneered by distinguished colleagues at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Center of Bioethics. Such guidelines are now being enhanced by bigger social issues in biotechnology and global health such as the role of social and environmental contexts in enhancing the negative effects of disease interactions (“syndemics” such as diabetes-depression and poverty). These are now under investigation by nationally renowned Georgetown scholars in Global Health (colleague Prof. Mendenhall). In addition, this course explores benefits in patient care and public health that come from information engineering applied to the field of health care (health informatics) that have helped promote a century of improvements in sanitation and wellness (e.g. reproductive, maternal and children’s health) and technological gains in diagnosis and treatment of diseases; sanitation halted typhoid, cholera, and dysentery. Vaccinations stopped smallpox and polio. Prevention and intervention have helped with diabetes, cancers, heart disease, neurogenerative diseases such as depression, HIV/AIDS and Opioid dependencies. Such knowledge reduces premature mortality (years of life lost), disability (YLD), summarized as disability adjusted life years (DALY, According to the World Health Organization, WHO). This course surveys these issues and enables understanding intersections among “Biotechnology” and “Global Health”. Related resources for our course include materials from GU’s School of Nursing, Medical School and Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Note: This course meets either a Natural Sciences Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration elective.

  • Course #: BLHS-032-101
  • CRN: 42628
  • Instructor: Buckley, W.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Syllabus: Download


Calculus: Universal Language

Calculus is one of the greatest of human achievements. It ranks alongside the works of Shakespeare and Michelangelo. Without it, we would have no airplanes or cell phones, no microwaves or ultrasound machines, no GPS or self-driving cars. It underlies the hard sciences, the soft sciences, and much more. Its ability to describe the physical world is unparalleled (Nobel physicist Richard Feynman once remarked that calculus is the language God speaks). But how did we discover (or invent) it? And what are the basic ideas that underlie it? Although it may seem complicated, the calculus is designed to solve a very simple question, known as Zeno's paradox: if a turtle wants to cross the road, it must first traverse half of the distance, then half of the remaining distance, then again half of the remaining distance, and so on. But if that is true, it will never get to the other side, because there will always be half of the remaining distance in front of it. However, we know from experience that turtles do make it across the road. So, how? What exactly is the error in Zeno's thinking? It took almost 2000 years for humanity to figure out how to solve Zeno's question, and to do so, it required that we discover (or invent) the calculus. In this course, we will study the basic ideas of the calculus, and we will learn how humanity figured it all out, starting in ancient Greek times. You do not need any background in mathematics to take this course. This is a course about the history and "why and how" of the calculus, and although we will do various calculations throughout the course in order to understand how it all works, we will introduce everything needed as we go.

Note: This online async Core Area class counts toward the Natural Sciences, Philosophy or Culture Core Area requirements. It also counts as a B/E concentration elective.

  • Course #: BLHV-035-101
  • CRN: 44881
  • Instructor: Paasch, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023


New Venture Creation

The course is designed for the student and working professional who is interested in starting or expanding a business. The emphasis is on the knowledge and skills needed to conceive or capture an entrepreneurial opportunity and then successfully launch a business that adds value to society. The course topics include the place of entrepreneurship in today’s global economic climate, new models for starting a business, recent research on how successful entrepreneurs manage entrepreneurial opportunities, innovative thinking and creation of a new business idea, product or service, identifying the major opportunity a particular business creates or problem it solves, putting names on the customers who will buy the product or service, crafting a profitable and sustainable business model, and finding that unique technology or approach that will excite investor interest.

Note: Business and Entrepreneurship concentration required course.

  • Course #: BLHS-398-101
  • CRN: 44471
  • Instructor: JABARA, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Syllabus: Download


Operations Management

Note: Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective

  • Course #: BLHS-421-101
  • CRN: 44472
  • Instructor: Majeed, I.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Syllabus: Download


Sex and Society

This course provides an introduction to the vibrant and interdisciplinary field of sexuality studies, and investigates the ways in which sex and sexuality are shaped by society, and the ways in which they are connected to power and inequality in our world. We will begin the course by exploring some key theories and concepts within the field, and situate them alongside the history of LGBTQ activism in the United States and elsewhere. We will then consider how these concepts can be applied to a variety of contemporary issues such as sexual identity and the state, same-sex marriage, representations of sexuality in popular culture and the media, transnational sexualities and sexual identities, and consumerism. Throughout the course, we will examine how sexuality intersects with other social categories such as gender, race, class, nationality, age and ability/disability.

Note: This online sync course counts as a Writing, Humanities or Culture Core Area.

  • Course #: BLHV-263-01
  • CRN: 44497
  • Instructor: Ohnona, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


Social Psych of Econ Behavior

Economics has developed as a highly deductive social science. It begins with rather rigid assumptions about how human beings should behave to be “rational.” These were developed in the late-18th Century. Yet, inductive approaches, such as psychology and sociology understand human behavior with much a more inductive lens. How do people actually act economically and socially in feudal, capitalist, socialist, or communist economic systems? How do they react to the “rules of the game” and what are the consequences? This course examines and compares the economic systems humans have used historically to define the social psychology of economic behavior. It also addresses the future of economic systems given new technologies like automation and artificial intelligence and the rapid expansion of globalization and online commerce.

Note: Social Sciences Core OR Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective.

  • Course #: BLHS-062-01
  • CRN: 44395
  • Instructor: Gray, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


Storytelling for Influence

History has shown that stories are inextricably linked to what it means to be human. Before we had formal communication, storytelling was the method through which we made sense of the world and that core function of the phenomenon has never changed. We dream in stories, buy products and support charitable causes because of stories, understand who we are in part by thinking in the format of stories, and, yes, even close our office doors and gossip thanks to the help of stories! This course will provide you with an opportunity to think critically about the endless ways in which storytelling is—and can be—utilized in our modern world. Specifically, you will focus on analyzing the process of storytelling as a tool for influence and to do so duly through ethical and strategic ways within the four categories of personal, professional, societal and self-applications. This course will expand your mindset, appreciation and practice of storytelling as a crucial component of the human tradition.

Note: Writing Core OR Prof. Media and Communications - Digital Media Track (requirement). This class is online async.

  • Course #: BLHV-222-101
  • CRN: 44387
  • Instructor: Trybus, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – Mar 02, 2023
  • Syllabus: Download


Independent Study

  • Course #: BLHV-301-03
  • CRN: 45019
  • Instructor: Kralovec, P.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
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Independent Study

  • Course #: BLHV-301-02
  • CRN: 45018
  • Instructor: Kessler, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
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Independent Study

  • Course #: BLHV-301-01
  • CRN: 45017
  • Instructor: Danner-McDonald, K.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Class Meetings:


Independent Study

  • Course #: BLHV-301-04
  • CRN: 45020
  • Instructor: Jensen, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2023
  • Class Meetings: