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As a community of students and scholars, GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences seeks to advance discovery, inquiry, creativity and innovation—preparing students of the liberal arts to be informed, engaged, and effective global citizens. We are guided by the vision of our nation’s founding father, President George Washington, who envisioned a university where young people would be “sent for the completion of their education in all the branches of polite literature, in arts and sciences, in acquiring knowledge in the principles of politics and good government.”
Columbian College's breadth and depth is complemented by a focused mission: to create and impart new knowledge that will impact and inspire future generations and propel propel GW's reputation as a preeminent urban research university in the heart of the nation's capital.
At Columbian College, research thrives, critical thinking is endemic, collaboration is constant, and real world training go hand-in-hand with learning. The College is the intellectual and creative backbone of the University, a place where the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences come together to form a nexus of ideas and opportunity. Because of the College’s enviable location in the heart of the nation’s capital, active engagement begins in the classroom and continues within the halls of government, the galleries of museums, the laboratories of NIH, NASA, and DOE, the embassies of international diplomats, and the exhibits of the Smithsonian and other venerable institutions.
With an innovative curriculum that emphasizes perspectives, analyses, and communication, undergraduate students are equipped with the competencies needed to be effective and responsible citizens of the 21st Century. At the professional and doctoral level, students partner with a faculty of scholars who include Fulbright recipients, award-winning choreographers, critically acclaimed authors, and innovative researchers. Together, we are advancing a spectrum of knowledge on topics ranging from controlling greenhouse gas emissions to delving into autism’s causes, prevalence, and treatment.