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Lindsey
21:42
Could you tell us a little more about the first-year history seminars? Are they similar to/do they replace the Ignatius Seminars?
Jackson Metzger
21:44
yeah it working for me
Alison Games
21:58
I can set it
Alison Games
22:06
see! not set!
Rachel Singer
22:55
Lindsey, Ignatius Seminars don't give major-specific credit, while our first-year seminars do. Many of them used to be Ignatius Seminars but were adapted into regular courses because they were so popular. You can actually do both if you want!
Lindsey
23:24
Thank you!
Tommaso Astarita
23:41
actually, Lindsey and Rachel, starting next year the Ignatius seminars will also most likely give major-specific credit - sio if you take an IS with a historian, it will count for the major as well.
Rachel Singer
23:54
Oh, sweet! That's a good change!
Tommaso Astarita
24:21
one difference is that the IS program has some funds for extra-class activities, so for instance I was able to take my students to an opera and to an excursion to Mount Vernon
Amy Leonard
24:39
Actually, the first year seminars now have money, too.
Alison Games
24:45
there is money now for the first-year seminars, too, for special activities.
Rachel Singer
34:33
My email address is rbs73@georgetown.edu and I'm happy to answer absolutely any questions about student life at Georgetown that you might come up with! :)
Howard Spendelow
34:57
At least I don't have to teach Africa, Middle East, and Latin America as well as Asia, as I did when I first got here!
Katie Rohrbaugh
35:06
Could you go over some ways to get involved with professors and maybe outline some of your current research projects?
Jackson Metzger
35:10
How long have you all been teaching at Georgetown?
Margaret Hartigan
35:45
Do many history majors apply to law school?
Nikhil Amesur
35:53
Hi, my name is Akshay Amesur, and I am very interested in Egyptology. What egyptological research and learning opportunities are present within the Georgetown History Department?
nooran ahluwalia
35:54
Does being an IB History HL student help with any sort of credits?
Howard Spendelow
36:26
I started at Georgetown in the Fall of 1979, when Jimmy Carter was still President...
Tommaso Astarita
36:33
it used to be very many, now it's fewer, but law school is still a common path; the major is good preparation for both law school and government/ublic service
Amy Leonard
36:50
Yes, many of our students apply to law school, as well as other professional schools.
Rachel Singer
37:21
Akshay, our Linguistics department actually teaches Ancient Egyptian language, and I think the only prerequisite is Intro!
Chandra Manning
37:22
To Margaret's question about history majors and law school--YES! I continue to write a lot of letters of rec for law school and every single person I have written for has gotten in to their first choice.
Tommaso Astarita
37:25
IB can give you the same placement and/or credit as AP, it depends on the test and the score; a 6 or 7 on the relevant tests will give you placement (a 7 will give you credit too)
Aviel Roshwald
37:31
The journal's title is spelled Kritika
nooran ahluwalia
37:32
Do students double major in history and government?
Amy Leonard
37:41
Absolutely.
Amy Leonard
37:48
Government and History a very popular major
Amy Leonard
37:55
Double major, that is.
Howard Spendelow
37:57
To Margaret Hartigan and everyone else: yes! I don't have the numbers, but a History Major is probably one of the best preps for law school you can get, since you'll be learning how to interpret vague/ambiguous texts and argue a point-of-view convincingly.
Tommaso Astarita
37:59
that's probably the most common double major for our majors
nooran ahluwalia
38:36
Thank you!
nooran ahluwalia
39:27
Are there any courses focusing on history from the Indian Subcontinent?
Rachel Singer
39:32
Yes!!
Rachel Singer
39:50
We're offering a history of modern South Asia class next semester, actually
Howard Spendelow
40:00
Again for Margaret & Prof. Manning: indeed, many of our students get multiple law school acceptances and get to choose where they want to continue their careers.
Tommaso Astarita
40:08
yes, we have a professor specializing in Indian history, and she teaches both the survey of South Asia and upper-lebel courses on the subcomtinent
Aviel Roshwald
42:04
Prof. Ananya Chakravarti is the name of our South Asianist/Indian Ocean colleague.
Aviel Roshwald
43:03
Prof. Tim Newfield is the colleague Rachel just mentioned, who has a joint biology appointment
Dami Kim
43:47
Could you please talk about some history-driven study abroad opportunities? What kind of work do they feed into?
Jackson Metzger
44:09
How accessible are study abroad programs that focus on history/historical?
Jackson Metzger
44:29
historical content^
Rachel Singer
44:32
They're Super accessible. Very few of our study abroad programs are competitive, so it's really easy to go somewhere you want to study and study there!
Tommaso Astarita
45:25
there are single courses abroad in summer, which of course cna be historical in focus; for semester programs it depends on where you go, in some countries you can do all the program abroad in history, in other countries it would be more varied, but it's always easy to transfer history credit from study abroad
Alison Games
45:58
Tommaso, could you talk about your summer class?
Rachel Singer
46:41
Everyone should take Professor Astarita's summer Rome class - I was on it last year and it's Brilliant - and you can go on it even if you don't go to Georgetown!
Aviel Roshwald
50:27
That's Prof. Afinogenov co-teaching the class about terrorism.
Maanasi
50:43
In terms of class size, how big do intro classes tend to be? Are large lecture-style classes common?
Juan Pablo Espinosa
52:11
Now that the IB has cancelled May examinations, they´re going to give us the Diploma regarding our history HL written assignment (0-7) . Is the policy for credit/placement going to change?
Maanasi
52:40
What kinds of careers do Georgetown history majors tend to pursue?
Tommaso Astarita
53:58
our majors end up in all sorts of careers: education, public service, law, medicine, entertainment, there really isn't a pattern - it's a major that prepares you well for analyzing and finding evidence, and critical writing, and those are skills that transfer very well to all sort of works
Aviel Roshwald
55:09
Nationwide they go into a diversity of fields, including business and finance as well as law, among other professions. Long-term studies suggest that business majors tend to start out with higher salaries in corporate settings, but that in the long run, former history majors tend to do at least as well if not better. Basically, history majors typically need half a year to get training on the job of the sort business majors already have. After that, the critical reading/analytical/writing skills they gained give them the edge in the long run.
Howard Spendelow
56:12
Completely seconding what Profs. Astarita and Roshwald have said: EVERYTHING has a history, and our students end up everywhere!
Rachel Singer
56:36
And every skill you learn in the major is infinitely transferrable - it's just a super useful way of thinking!
Aviel Roshwald
57:18
My lectures are exclusively crooked.
Howard Spendelow
57:44
Indeed, in lectures, we encourage interruptions and challenges!
Chandra Manning
59:17
Also on class size- some popular topics get large-ish, but just to reiterate that even those classes don't feel big or anonymous. I teach a History of Baseball class which this semester has 52 people in it, but they would tell you it does not feel that way. We mix portions of lecture with discussion and other activities, like re-enacting the First World Series in a wiffle ball game. You won't get lost here!
Jackson Metzger
01:00:54
How often do history classes take advantage of the unique resources in/around Washington DC? I know coming from Utah, the location of DC is one of the most attractive thigns about Georgetown for me
Aviel Roshwald
01:01:30
I had a field trip to the Holocaust Museum for interested students (our of my courses as well as other classes) last semester.
Howard Spendelow
01:02:22
For Asian studies, we've got the Freer & Sackler galleries here as well.
Aviel Roshwald
01:02:24
Students working on their senior theses will often make use of the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and other such resources in and around DC.
Chandra Manning
01:02:49
I always work the city in. In a Civil War class, they have to visit Civil War monuments and propose a new one. For several classes, they have to go to some part of the Smithsonian. In baseball, I connect students with the Nationals if they want to work with the Nats Youth Baseball Academy. Several of us really do use it a lot
Jackson Metzger
01:03:57
Sounds a lot more interesting than Salt Lake haha! Thanks
Aviel Roshwald
01:04:18
The skiing opportunities are not nearly as good.
Amy Leonard
01:04:35
Salt Lake City is beautiful, though!
Howard Spendelow
01:04:41
Noteworthy that Dr. Lonnie Bunch, who built up the Museum of African-American History, now heads the entire Smithsonian Institution.
Aviel Roshwald
01:05:12
Our new colleagues is connected to the Smithosonian.
Aviel Roshwald
01:05:21
But we cannot yet mention the name.
Michael David-Fox
01:05:53
Prof. Maurice Jackson has co-authored a book about DC jazz and was on the mayor’s commission on race relations
Katie Rohrbaugh
01:06:07
how prevalent are internship opportunities at places like the Smithosonian for history majors?
Maanasi
01:06:09
Thank you so much - this was so helpful!
Aviel Roshwald
01:06:28
If anyone wants to chat with me, I'm at Aviel.Roshwald@georgetown.edu
Zidao Wang
01:06:31
Thank you!
Katie Rohrbaugh
01:06:36
Thank you!
Tommaso Astarita
01:06:39
astaritt@georgetown.edu
Sarai Simpson
01:06:44
Thank you , very helpful!
Chandra Manning
01:06:48
My email is cmm97@georgetown.edu
Rachel Singer
01:06:53
rbs73@georgetown.edu. Good luck with your decisions, y'all!
Michael David-Fox
01:06:57
md672@georgetown.edu—Michael David-Fox
Aviel Roshwald
01:06:59
The outtakes will be great.
Tommaso Astarita
01:07:09
we have an option for our majors to get credit for a one class for an internship too
Howard Spendelow
01:07:09
spendelh@georgetown.edu for China & Japan (and a former Russian studies person.
Katie Rohrbaugh
01:09:37
Oh wow, that’s so cool!! Thank you so much. This was really helpful
Katie Rohrbaugh
01:09:48
Nice to chat with you too!