Engaged Learning Opportunities

GW CCAS Signature Programs


In Columbian College, students participate in engaged learning programs that provide hands-on opportunities to cultivate their academic interests. These unique programs leverage the resources of the nation’s capital, the university — and even the world.

Whether enrolling in a one-of-a-kind Dean’s Seminar, applying for a competitive research fellowship or being selected to live and breathe politics for a year, students can dive in and expand their learning experience through our exclusive offerings.


Our Programs

Stephanie Travis' (foreground) in class with freshmen (left to right) Jamie Oakley, Jason Katz, Bailee Weisz and Kimmie Krane

Dean's Seminars

Open only to Columbian College first year students, these courses challenge students to think critically about interdisciplinary topics ranging from the real-world significance of zombie stories to the relationship between mind-altering substances, law and society.

GW Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Luther Rice Fellowship

The prestigious Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides funding support to Columbian College undergraduates undertaking faculty-mentored research projects. Students publish and present research on topics of their choice.

GW Politics Values Program

Politics & Values

A select group of students explores politics, the individual and society while living and studying together in this intensive year-long course. Political theory, American politics, comparative politics and international relations are all covered in great depth and at an accelerated pace.


Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA)

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design awards PSA scholarships each year to entering first year's who have shown excellence in the performing or visual arts. Each scholar works one-on-one with faculty and is exposed to the country’s most important museums, galleries, stages and arts organizations.

GW STEM Quantitative & Natural Sciences

Scholars in Quantitative & Natural Sciences

Select entering first year's are invited to participate in this program, which is designed for students interested in biology and other STEM fields who seek a specialized, interdisciplinary educational experience and the opportunity to intern with GW researchers.

Gilber Cisneros BA '94 Hispanic Leadership Insitute

Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute

Established by Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, and his wife, Jacki, the institute encompasses scholarship and mentorship support for college and pre-college students who aspire to make a difference within the Hispanic community.

GW Global Bachelors Program

Global Bachelor's Program

This program immerses students in an international learning experience through multiple semester-long residencies with universities tied to scholarly pursuits. Students graduate with an in-depth understanding of the philosophies and foundations of those living beyond our borders.

GW Early College Program

Highly motivated and academically talented sophomores at the School Without Walls High School may apply to earn an associate of arts degree from GW’s Columbian College. Students in this program enroll full-time at GW for their junior and senior years at School Without Walls.

Kyanna Spaulding

Kyanna Spaulding

Class of 2020, Political Communications

“Right now it’s especially important that we get up and have our voices heard and say we are leaders, we are Americans, we are worthy, we are smart, we can contribute, and we want to contribute. Programs like [Cisneros Scholars] really help get our voices out and educate young Latinos.”