For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

39 credits in required courses.

Prerequisite courses
KOR 1001Beginning Korean I
KOR 1002Beginning Korean II
KOR 2003Intermediate Korean I
KOR 2004Intermediate Korean II
Required for the major
KOR 3105Intermediate Korean III
KOR 3106Intermediate Korean IV
KOR 3111Korean Literature in Translation I
KOR 3112Korean Literature in Translation II
KOR 4107Readings in Modern Korean I
KOR 4108Readings in Modern Korean II
KOR 4121WAdvanced Korean Conversation and Composition I
or KOR 4122W Advanced Korean Conversation and Composition II
Four additional upper-level courses (12 credits) selected from the following:
KOR 3123Introduction to Korean Linguistics
KOR 3124Introduction to Korean Linguistics
KOR 3162Korean Culture through Film
KOR 4109Introduction to the History of the Korean Language
KOR 4190North Korean Society and Culture
Two courses (6 credits) related to Korea selected from the following:
AH 2190East Asian Art
ANTH 3705Anthropology of East Asia
CHIN 3111Chinese Literature in Translation I
CHIN 3112Chinese Literature in Translation II
EALL 3811Confucian Literature in East Asia
EALL 3814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
ECON 2169Introduction to the Economy of China
HIST 2630History of Korea
HIST 3610China to 1800
HIST 3611History of Modern China
HIST 3614Writing Modern Chinese History
HIST 3615History of Chinese Communism
HIST 3621History of Modern Japan
IAFF 2091East Asia-Past and Present
JAPN 3111Japanese Literature in Translation I
JAPN 3112Japanese Literature in Translation II
JAPN 3162Japanese Culture Through Film
PSC 2370Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia
PSC 2371Politics and Foreign Policy of China
PSC 2368Politics in the Two Koreas
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
REL 2601Buddhism
REL 2811Confucian Literature in East Asia
REL 2814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 2831Introduction to Daoism
WGSS 3136WChinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film

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.

The East Asian Languages and Literatures faculty recommends students for all departmental special honors based on the following criteria:

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, candidates for special honors must have attained by the end of the fall semester of the senior year:

  • A  3.7 grade-point average in courses in the major.
  • At least a 3.4 overall grade-point average.
  • A minimum grade of C- in all courses taken at GW.

The Korean program selects at most two students for special honors based on the students' overall performance in the program.