Signature Programs

David Mitchell and students from his Dean’s Scholars in Globalization course on Disabled People and the Holocaust at the site of
David Mitchell and students from his Dean’s Scholars in Globalization course on Disabled People and the Holocaust at the site of the T4 Memorial in Berlin.

Columbian College offers a series of signature programs that help students explore emerging interests with focused, hands-on study. For example, in our Dean’s Seminars, freshmen experience the exhilaration of in-depth scholarship while completing part of their general education requirement; our Dean’s Scholars in Globalization partners students with international peers from around the world; and our Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare offers a select group of first-year students the opportunity to explore the works of William Shakespeare in a global and multimedia context.

Columbian College also offers unique learning and research experiences that encourage students to seek out opportunities to extend their learning. For example, students can further develop their research acumen with a Luther Rice Fellowship, which provides funding support to sophomores and juniors who are engaged in research projects under the mentorship of senior faculty. And juniors and seniors can collaborate with practitioners in the field through internships at museums, government agencies, and think tanks located here in Washington, D.C.

Program Spotlights

When Zombies Attack: The Undead Teach Students About Capitalism

A Dean's Seminar taught by American Studies professor Dara Orenstein uses the zombie apocalypse as a lens on political economy.

Understanding the Price of Freedom

Pavla Ovtchinnikova, Columbian '16, thought she knew what to expect from a high-level history course, even a prestigious Dean’s Scholars in Globalization class. Read more.

Dean’s Seminar Honors ‘Invisible Man’

English Professor James Miller was an undergraduate at Brown University when Ralph Ellison visited one of his creative writing classes. Saturday marked the literary master’s 100th birthday. Read more.

A Shakespearian Obsession

For sophomore Katherine Bradshaw, it’s all about William Shakespeare. Her enthusiasm is hard to contain, particularly now that she is able to study and relive the bard’s life through her immersion in the Dean’s Shakespeare program. Read more

Dean’s Scholars Go to Asia

Professor David Costanza took his lessons further last summer—almost 10,000 miles further—when he led students through Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of the Dean’s Scholars in Globalization program. Read more.