Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Photojournalism

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

78 credits in program-specific courses, including 54 credits in required courses and 24 credits in elective courses. Students should contact their advisor for a sample program of study.

Recommended Program of Study

AH 2162WHistory of Photography
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CAH 1091Art History II: Historical Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CFN 1090First-Year Studio 1: Drawing and Surface
CFN 1091First-Year Studio 2: Form and Materials
CFN 1092First Year Studio 3: Time and Light
CFN 1093First-Year Studio 4: Interaction
CPH 1090Photography Fundamentals I: Light Studies and Optical Culture
CPH 1091Photography Fundamentals II: Techniques/Practice
CPH 2090Photography/Photojournalism Studio I
CPH 2100Media Lab I
CPH 3050Media Lab II
CPJ 2091Photojournalism Studio Sequencing and Narrative Strategies
CPJ 3090Photojournalism Studio Visual Reportage
CPJ 3091Photojournalism Studio Multimedia Storytelling
CPJ 4090Photojournalism Thesis I
CPJ 4091Photojournalism Thesis II
CPJ 4170Professional Practices for Photojournalism
SMPA 2173Media Law
6 credits in journalism courses. Note that the following courses meet Columbian College G-PAC requirements:
SMPA 2101Journalism: Theory & Practice
SMPA 2110WIntroduction to News Writing and Reporting
6 credits of lens-based media seminars at the 3000-4000 level, selected from the following:
AH 4157Seminar in Photography
CPH 3120Photography/Photojournalism Seminar I
CPH 4120Photography/Photojournalism Seminar II
CPH 4251Making Meaning: Narrative and the Art of the Photography Book
6 credits of studio electives from any art or design studio area (CFA, FA, CPH, CPJ, CDE, CGD, CDM)
9 credits of advanced major electives (CPH, CPJ) at the 3000-4000 level or FA photography course in the 2500 or 3500 range.
3 credits in advanced time-based or interactive media electives from the following:
CDM 2280Interactive Web Design I
CDM 3300Motion Graphics II: After Effects
CPJ 3300Speed of Sound
CPJ 4340Project-Driven Website Design
CPJ 4600Web Essay
FA 2612Video: Remixing the Archive
FA 2613Site and Sound
FA 3601Special Topics: New Media
FA 3912The Cinematic in Contemporary Art

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.