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The academic heart of GW and home of the engaged liberal arts.



GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences students in varying subjects

As an undergraduate in Columbian College, you are in a unique position to maximize your #OnlyatGW experience. From exclusive academic courses to enriching research opportunities, Columbian College is dedicated to providing you with experiential and engaged learning experiences both in and outside the classroom. 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.

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"My undergraduate experience at GW has been filled with impactful moments, individuals and experiences so it is hard to pinpoint just one. I feel very fortunate to have been able to meet so many amazing and uplifting individuals through my time in the direct GW community."

Halea Kerr-Layton
BA '19, Spanish & Latin American Language,
Literatures and Cultures


Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Org Sci Class Examines Decision Making

December 13, 2023

Students in Nils Olsen’s organizational sciences seminar on Extreme Decisions explore how decision makers operate under intense pressures.

Summer School: Bio Students Thrive in Harlan Fellowship

September 13, 2023

A cohort of biology students spent their summer in the lab and the field thanks to a CCAS program that supports undergraduate research opportunities.

CCAS Showcase Celebrates Student Research

April 18, 2023

More than 125 undergraduate and graduate students across the disciplines displayed their scholarly work at the inaugural CCAS Research Showcase.