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Making a Difference

The Secrets of Social Anxiety

For the 40 million Americans with social anxiety disorder, even casual encounters can be paralyzing. Psychology’s Fallon Goodman helps them make connections.

Learning & Discovery

Opening Doors for Art Therapy

A $1 million gift from GW parents and art collectors Reykhan and Ulvi Kasimov will support graduate fellowships in the CCAS Art Therapy Program.

Faculty Spotlight

The Cost of Climate Change

In a conversation with Dean Paul Wahlbeck, geography’s Dmitry Streletskiy discusses the impact of climate change on Arctic sustainability.

Happening Now

Register for Summer Courses

Register for summer courses today! Satisfy prerequisites, complete requirements for your degree and make progress toward graduation. Plus, the Dean's Summer Scholarship is now open for applications. Visit the Summer page for details, deadlines and registration.

Giving Day 2023

Nearly 2,500 donors contributed to last year’s Giving Day. Let’s raise even higher April 4-5 to support our amazing students. For our on-campus community, join your fellow students, faculty and staff on April 4 from 12-3 p.m. in Kogan Plaza to make a gift, enjoy live music, activities and more.

CCAS by the Numbers


67 majors, 68 minors, 17 certificates, 51 master's degrees, 24 doctoral degrees



530 Full-Time Faculty, 5,100 undergraduate, 2,500 graduate



86,000 Columbian College Alumni living in all 50 states and 120+ countries







The Columbian College Experience

The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences is home to what it calls the engaged liberal arts, where experiential learning and research opportunities, unique access to D.C. and the world, a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary curriculum and an expansive alumni network prepare the next generation of engaged, effective and responsible citizens of the 21st century.

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"There’s a really unique type of student who ends up at GW. It’s not a conventional school choice, and there’s an even more selective group who end up in a program like . . .  political communications. Those people are just amazing, and I’ve made some really good friends over the last couple of years, and that’s what’s going to be the most important thing I take away from my college experience—the people I met.”

Jonas Poggi
BA ‘22, Political Communications