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The Engaged Liberal Arts.


Columbian College of Arts & Sciences


Making an Impact

Alumna Wages War Against Cancer

In her first year as chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, Karen E. Knudsen, BA ’90, (Biology) joined scientists, lawmakers and caregivers from across the country in a fight against the nation’s second-leading killer.

Learning & Discovery

Partnership Spotlights HIV Intervention

Psychology’s Lisa Bowleg and Milken’s Deanna Kerrigan are leading an interdisciplinary partnership to help community-engaged researchers develop new approaches for promoting health equity and improving HIV prevention.

Student Spotlight

Senior’s Podcast Shares Music Passion

Senior Ellie D’Andria orchestrated her special interdisciplinary major into a podcast celebrating the joy of music. A performer with GW bands and choirs, she’s raising her voice to advocate for music education.









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Join the 2022 Law School Fair

Thinking about attending law school? Join us for the GW Law School Fair on campus on Wednesday, October 12. Meet face to face with law school admissions representatives from 100+ schools across the nation. Registration is recommended.

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The Centuries Initiative

Every year, thousands of talented and promising young people come to GW with plans to change the world. But not every future leader has the same opportunity. Donate to support scholarships and fellowships for future CCAS students.

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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