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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.



67 majors, 68 minors


17 graduate/professional certificates, 52 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 160 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

Biology majors Adele Queener, Camille Leoni and Fiona Lupi studied what kind of insects spend their days feeding off Foggy Bottom flowers to better support the local ecosystem.


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

Zinhle Essamuah

Alumna Journalist Spotlights Cries For Racial Justice

As a student, Zinhle Essamuah, BA ’15, MA ’17, documented protestors in Ferguson, Mo. Now a national news correspondent, she is again highlighting calls for change as the host of a daily evening news show.

Sarah Hine

Untangling the Trauma-Speech Connection

How does trauma link to speech and language disorders? Graduate student Sarah Hine and a team of researchers are using their own experiences with vulnerable populations to guide speech pathology protocols.

Caroline Adegun

When Hollywood Dreams Dim, Alumna Shines a Light

For many aspiring entertainers, visions of stardom can fade into struggles with homelessness and depression. Caroline Adegun, MA ’16, launched a nonprofit to support their work and their 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."