“An in-depth, global perspective is a critical component of a rich liberal arts education. We are in a place that is larger than us, and it is important that we are able to communicate in a world where physical boundaries are becoming increasingly irrelevant.”
–Ben Vinson III
Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
A cornerstone of GW’s strategic vision for the 21 century is the globalization of the university’s educational and research programs. The emphasis on international initiatives enables the university to focus on one of the key economic and social transformations taking place in the world today as ideas, people and capital circulate more extensively than ever before.
As the largest of GW’s academic units, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences plays a critical role in global outreach. We encourage international and cross-cultural perspectives among our extensive community of distinguished scholars and diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students. A broad liberal arts education guides our students to use their knowledge to examine the critical issues that impact our region, nation and the world beyond. In addition, we are engaged in collaborative international research partnerships that are advancing a wide range of artistic, social and scientific imperatives. The following offers a sampling of Columbian College’s global outreach efforts: