We are Columbian College.
The academic heart of GW and home of the engaged liberal arts.
Whether pursuing your passion for theoretical physics or seeking a degree from the world’s first political communication program, GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences offers transformative experiences and influential connections — on top of a world-class education.
Our graduates go on to change the world, pursuing careers in health care, law, education, finance, entertainment, government and public relations.
As an undergraduate in Columbian College, you will be in a unique position to maximize your #OnlyatGW experience. From exclusive academic courses to enriching research programs, Columbian College is dedicated to providing you with opportunities to learn and grow in the nation’s capital. And, with more than 150 majors, minors and combined degree programs (bachelor’s + master’s), we offer a program of study suited for virtually every interest.
Beyond the Classroom
Adele Queener, B.A. ‘19, Camille Leoni and Fiona Lupi, junior biology majors, study what kind of insects spend their days feeding off Foggy Bottom flowers to better understand how to support the local ecosystem.
For a team of GW students, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was the adventure of a lifetime—and a charitable expedition.
BS '20, Physics
“As an undergraduate physics major, I’m realizing that you can relate what you learn to anything you want to do. You’re not just restricted to doing research, you’re not restricted to academia. The skills that you learn are skills that employers want.”
Columbian College is a magnet for top scholars and a catalyst for learning and discovery. Our advanced degrees and graduate certificates integrate the highest caliber of education, from our world-renowned programs in subjects like history, political science and public policy, to our pioneering work in art therapy, forensic sciences and LGBT health policy and practice.
English graduate student Jacob Holl has traveled from the battlefield to the classroom. The combat veteran is sharing his insights with first-year students.
Forensic sciences alumni are clearing a massive backlog in untested sexual assault kits. Their findings can bring peace of mind to victims and put criminals behind bars.
MA '18, Art Therapy
"I chose to go to GW because of its experiential framework, structured internship opportunities for practicum hours, state of the art supervision and expert faculty. GW also extended financial support which was essential in my pursuit of higher education."