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



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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

Class of 2024 Share GW Memories

May 8, 2024

From internships and classroom experiences to forging friendships and attending one-of-a-kind events, the CCAS Class of 2024 recalled their fondest GW memories.

CCAS Community Members Recognized for DEI Contributions

April 10, 2024

Faculty, students and staffers were honored for their “unwavering commitment to DEI principles.”

Born to Run—for President

March 13, 2024

How did Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen team toward the political promised land? Luther Rice Fellow Maureen Rafter studied the president and the Boss.