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Prospective Students


GW CCAS students inside SEH


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.



58 majors, 66 minors


15 graduate/professional certificates, 49 master's degrees, 24 doctoral programs, 35 combined degree programs


3 Schools: Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, School of Media & Public Affairs, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. 42 Academic Departments and Programs.



Undergraduate Studies


GW CCAS Undergraduate Prospective Students


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 (left) and Fiona Lupi look for bees, mosquitoes, butterflies and other pollinating insects in the garden beside Tonic at Quigley’s

Pollinators Find a Home at GW

Adele Queener, BA ‘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.

a group of students on Mount Kilimanjaro

On the Roof of Africa

For a team of GW students, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was the adventure of a lifetime—and a charitable expedition.

Luther Rice Fellow Eva Gustafson (far left) prepares student dancer Annie Mancuso (far right) for her upcoming production.

Dance Meets Politics

Political science and dance major Eva Gustafson combined her fields of study into a Luther Rice Fellowship dance production that celebrates the journey of American women through the eyes of Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton.


Jason Starita

Jason Starita

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.”

Graduate Studies 


Three students talking inside the Media and Public Affairs building


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.

Graduate Degrees at Work

Jacob Holl, an English graduate student and U.S. Army captain, speaks to Marshal Alcorn’s Dean’s Seminar on Violence and Trauma

Trauma Under Fire

English graduate student Jacob Holl has traveled from the battlefield to the classroom. The combat veteran is sharing his insights with first-year students.

Analysts at Bode Technology performing DNA extraction.

Closing Cold Cases

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.

GW students studied mountain permafrost and glacial landscapes in the Ray-Iz Mountains.

Into the Arctic

A team of GW students and scientists ventured into the Siberian tundra on a mission to see first hand how climate change has ravaged a polar environment and changed people’s lives.


Bani Malhotra

Bani Malhotra

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."