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The Engaged Liberal Arts.


Columbian College of Arts & Sciences


Making an Impact

Whatever Happened to Consensus?

Why can’t modern American political systems build coalitions? In his new book, History’s Timothy Shenk reveals how visionaries once forged majorities—and how polarization tore them apart.

Learning & Discovery

Interrogating GW’s Past

In Tom Guglielmo’s American Studies capstone course, students like junior Noor Jehan Ansari train a critical eye on their university’s history—from Civil War archives to on-campus activism.

Faculty Spotlight

George Washington’s Life and Legacy

History Professor Denver Brunsman sat down with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck to discuss Washington’s life—from slaveholder and soldier to the nation’s first president—and the impact of his legacy.

Third Century Scholarship Endowment Match




The largest fundraising match in GW's history, this scholarship match is a landmark opportunity to support Columbian College students. GW will match new gifts to need-based undergraduate scholarship endowments dollar-for-dollar.  

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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