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
When political science major Lincoln Mondy learned of the tobacco industry’s decades-old strategy to target African American communities, he took action—and took up a camera.
On a 12-week journey aboard a tall ship in the South Pacific, GW undergraduate students combined oceanography research on environmental threats with the rigors of seamanship.
BA '17, Philosophy
"The thing I love most about GW is the community — a community of friends and teachers and role models. I've felt really supported in my time here, whether from all the close friends I've made or from the professors who are committed to helping every student learn and grow and become better individuals."
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.
Not all archaeology involves excavations in far-off deserts. Museum Studies alumna Kate Birmingham, MA '10, is helping uncover and preserve local history for the National Park Service.
What started as a subversive suggestion to shake-up Shakespeare led D. Gilson, PhD '16, to stage a literary rebellion—and bring writers, students and academics along for the ride.
MA '12, Environmental Resource Policy
"I liked the ability to follow my interests, even as they changed across the two years of the program. In addition to learning from faculty with experience across academia and the public and private sectors, I worked with students with diverse experiences and goals."