First-Year Course Selection for Students Interested in the BSBGA

First-year students in the McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service are eligible to apply to pursue the B.S. in Business and Global Affairs (BSBGA), a joint degree program that features a four-year sequence of signature courses with multiple off-campus experiences in Washington, D.C., and around the world in a cohort study format. First-year students apply to pursue the BSBGA at the end of the first year and the program of study begins in the sophomore year. The first signature course offered in the spring of the first year is both an application and degree requirement. 

In addition to BGAF 101 (Signature Course 1), it is recommended that the following course requirements be met before the beginning of the sophomore year:

  • MATH 035 (Calculus I)
  • ECON 001 (Microeconomic Principles)
  • ECON 002 (Macroeconomic Principles)
  • Quantitative methods ( OPIM 172, OPIM 173, ECON 121, INAF 320, MATH 040, MATH 04-, MATH 140 or GOVT 201)

In addition, courses that meet the Georgetown Core, school core, and language requirements round out the schedule. The set of recommended courses, including Signature Course 1, represents a solid first-year foundation in the McDonough School of Business or SFS whether or not selected to participate in the BGA program beginning in the sophomore year. 

The following are recommended course selections for the first-year fall and spring semesters to prepare for the BGA (unless course requirements are otherwise satisfied through advance credit, waiver, proficiency, or summer study):

Fall Course Selections

McDonough Students:

Course 1: ECON 001 (Microeconomic Principles)

Course 2: MATH 035 (Calculus I)

Course 3: TBD (e.g., First-Year Seminar, WRIT 015)

Course 4: TBD 

Course 5: Modern Foreign Language

1-credit course: OPIM 170 (Computational Business Modeling)

SFS Students:

Course 1: ECON 001 (Microeconomic Principles)

Course 2: MATH 035 (Calculus I)

Course 3: PHIL 099 or TBD

Course 4: INAF 100 (Pro Seminar)

Course 5: Modern Foreign Language


Spring Course Selections

McDonough Students:

Course 1: BGAF 101 (Signature Course 1)

Course 2: ACCT 101 (Accounting 1)

Course 3: ECON 002 (Macroeconomic Principles)

Course 4: Quantitative Methods

Course 5: Modern Foreign Language

SFS Students:

Course 1: BGAF 101 (Signature Course 1)

Course 2: PHIL 099 or TBD

Course 3: ECON 002 (Macroeconomic Principles)

Course 4: Quantitative Methods

Course 5: Modern Foreign Language

1-credit course: INAF 008
(Map of the Modern World)