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Here are 10 of the Hardest Classes at Georgetown University:

1. GOVT 351 — Constitutions, Courts, and Rights in New Democracies

A long title for a very hard class. This course focuses on the changes in constitutions, courts, and rights and when, where, and how these changes are happening. You will learn about the theories behind constitution, courts, and rights and then focus on four countries that are used as cases: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, and South Africa. Information overload, anyone?

2. HIST 112 — Africa II

This course is all about history of modern Africa from 1850 to the present. However, there are many readings in this class, and the professor states in his syllabus that he is not forgiving about skipping the readings. So, if you take this class, then buckle up for a copious amount of reading.

3. SPAN 210 — Spanish Linguistics

Any class relating to language has been known to be notoriously hard at Georgetown. Combine a language class with a linguistics class, and you will have your hands full. The focus of this class is to learn about the sound and structure of Spanish words and examine the formation and interpretation of sentence structures.

4. ACCT 101 — Introduction to Accounting

Many people in the Business school (MSB) will tell you that accounting is one of their hardest classes. There is just so much information and analyzing included that your brain just might turn to mush. People do survive this class, but they come out just a bit scarred from class.  

5. GOVT 040 — Comparative Political System

There is a reason I chose not to take this class after taking AP Comparative Government back in high school. While the class is straightforward, there is a lot of information that you have to know and remember. Some of the ideas that will be discussed are the origins and functions of states, variety and impact of electoral systems, and internal and external challenges to political order. Already, I have a headache from writing that.

6. HIST 352 — Drugs and development, Latin America and the U.S.

The class itself covers an interesting topic: the evolution of U.S. economic and drug control policies in Latin America from the early 20th CE to the present. However, as a 300-level class, there is a lot of work involved. You are responsible for two 8-10 page papers, one 10-15-page paper, and blog posts, which counts as your participation grade. Oh, and did I mention that it is a two-and-a-half-hour class?

 

7. BIOL 175 — Mammalian Physiology

Ah the wonderful science courses. The title of the course is self-explanatory, and the course itself is straightforward. However, with all science courses relating to the body there will be so much information to know and memorize for the exams. Better buy some flashcards if you plan to take this class.

 

8. CHEM 115 — Organic Chemistry

Mammalian Physiology isn’t the only hard science class at Georgetown. There are plenty of others, and one of them is the ever so wonderful Organic Chemistry. I always thought chemistry was hard in high school, so Organic Chemistry would be a nightmare for me. Plenty of luck to those who will take this class and learn about the properties of alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, and other compounds that will be studied in detail.

9. INAF 100 — SFS Proseminar

All first-year students in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) will have to take a Proseminar in its fall semester. These classes are small, limited to 15 students, but the topics are very challenging and dense for first-year students. However, the professors who teach these courses are top notch.

  

10. IDST 002 — Liberal Arts Seminar

Thought SFS was the only college with hard seminars for first-years? Well, the College (aka the College of Arts and Sciences) also has challenging seminars for first-years and they are invite only. Yup, you have to be invited to take this special seminar. But this seminar has been a tradition since 1968, so if you are one of the lucky ones to be invited, then get ready for an intense but intellectual course with Georgetown’s finest professors and faculty. Also, this year the students had the opportunity to go on field trips! 

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