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:
gwadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-6040

 The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

Program-specific curriculum requirements:

Art history
At least one course from six of the seven categories below and one additional course from any category for a total of 21 credits.
Classical, ancient Near East, and medieval worlds
CAH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
CAH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
CAH 3103Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
CAH 3104Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
CAH 3105Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
CAH 3106Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
CAH 3111Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
CAH 3112Proseminar in Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture
CAH 4109Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
CAH 4119Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
Islamic spheres
CAH 3113Islamic Art and Architecture
CAH 3114Art of the Book in the Medieval Muslim World
or CAH 3114W Art of the Book in the Medieval Muslim World
CAH 4165Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture
Renaissance and global Baroque
CAH 3120Italian Art and Architecture of the Thirteenth through Fifteenth Centuries
CAH 3121Italian Art and Architecture of the Sixteenth Century
CAH 3122Topics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
or CAH 3122W Topics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 3123Topics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
or CAH 3123W Topics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 3131Italian Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
CAH 3132Topics in Northern European Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
CAH 3134Topics in Spanish and Portuguese Art through the Sixteenth Century
or CAH 3134W Topics in Spanish and Portuguese Art Through the Sixteenth Century
CAH 3135Topics in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Spanish and Portuguese Art
CAH 4129Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 4139Seminar in Baroque Art and Architecture
Eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
CAH 2145History of European Decorative Arts
CAH 2154American Architecture I
CAH 2161History of Decorative Arts: American Heritage
CAH 3140European Art of the Eighteenth Century
CAH 3141European Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
or CAH 3141W European Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
CAH 3142European Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
or CAH 3142W European Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
CAH 3151American Art in the Age of Revolution
CAH 3152American Art in the Era of National Expansion
CAH 4159Seminar in American Art and Architecture
or CAH 4159W Seminar in American Art and Architecture
Modern and contemporary
CAH 2071Introduction to the Arts in America
CAH 2155American Architecture II
CAH 2162History of Photography
or CAH 2162W History of Photography
CAH 3060History of Design
CAH 3065Digital Media Culture
CAH 3143Early Twentieth-Century Art
or CAH 3143W Early Twentieth-Century Art
CAH 3146Modern Architecture in Europe and America
or CAH 3146W Modern Architecture in Europe and America
CAH 3150Theories and History of Graphic Design
or CAH 3150W Theories and History of Graphic Design
CAH 3153American Art of the Twentieth Century
CAH 3165Later Twentieth-Century Art
or CAH 3165W Later Twentieth-Century Art
CAH 3530Art and Architecture of Washington, D.C
CAH 4149Seminar in Modern European Art and Architecture
CAH 4150Seminar in Modern Art
or CAH 4150W Seminar in Modern Art
CAH 4157Seminar in Photography
CAH 4159Seminar in American Art and Architecture
or CAH 4159W Seminar in American Art and Architecture
CAH 4169Seminar in Contemporary Art
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
Asia and the Indian Ocean
CAH 2190East Asian Art
CAH 2191South Asian Art
CAH 2192Art of Southeast Asia
CAH 3181Special Topics in Asian Art
CAH 3182Special Topics in South Asian Art
or CAH 3182W Special Topics in South Asian Art
CAH 4181Topics in Asian Art
CAH 4182Topics in South Asian Art
Central and South America
CAH 3107Ancient Mexican Civilizations
CAH 3116The Aztec Empire
CAH 3117Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology
CAH 3160Topics in Latin American Art and Architecture
Junior/senior seminars
At least two courses (6 credits) selected from the following:
CAH 4109Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
CAH 4119Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
CAH 4129Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 4139Seminar in Baroque Art and Architecture
CAH 4149Seminar in Modern European Art and Architecture
CAH 4159Seminar in American Art and Architecture
or CAH 4159W Seminar in American Art and Architecture
CAH 4165Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture
CAH 4169Seminar in Contemporary Art
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
CAH 4182Topics in South Asian Art
CAH 4189Seminar: Topics in Art History
CAH 4197Senior Thesis
CAH 4198Independent Study
CAH 4199Internship in Art History
Fine Arts
Required first-year courses
Two foundations courses (6 credits) selected from the following
CFN 1090First-Year Studio 1: Drawing and Surface
or CFN 1091 First-Year Studio 2: Form and Materials
CFN 1092First Year Studio 3: Time and Light
or CFN 1093 First-Year Studio 4: Interaction
The following fine art fundamentals courses (6 credits):
CSA 1090Fine Art Fundamentals I
CSA 1091Fine Art Fundamentals II
Required upper-level studio core courses
CSA 2092Fine Art Studio Experimental Materiality
CSA 3092Fine Art Studio Critical Practices in Making
CSA 4092Fine Art Thesis I
CSA 4093Fine Art Thesis II *
One 1000-level course (3 credits) from any studio area selected from the following:
CSA 1000Dean's Seminar
CSA 1099Variable Topics
Ceramics
CSA 1101Introduction to Handbuilt Ceramics
CSA 1102Introduction to Wheelthrown Ceramics
Sculpture
CSA 1201Sculpture Fundamentals: Material Investigations
Drawing
CSA 1301Drawing Fundamentals
Painting
CSA 1401Painting: Visual Thinking
Photography
CSA 1501Black and White Photography Fundamentals
CSA 1502Introduction to Digital Color Photography
Printmaking
CSA 1702Screenprinting
New media
CSA 1601New Media Digital Art
Two courses (6 credits) at the 2000 or 3000 level selected from the following:
Ceramics
CSA 2111Intermediate Ceramic Design in Handbuilt Forms
CSA 2112Intermediate Ceramic Wheelthrown Forms
CSA 2113Intermediate Sculpture in Clay
CSA 3101Special Topics: Ceramics
Sculpture
CSA 2211Intermediate Sculpture Fabrication
CSA 2214Metals and Metalworking
CSA 2215Mold Making and Casting
CSA 2216Form in Wood
CSA 3201Special Topics: Sculpture
CSA 3202Sculpture Digital Forms
CSA 3240Wear, Strut, Occupy
CSA 3241Installation Art
Drawing
CSA 2311Intermediate Drawing: Perception and Mark Making
CSA 3301Special Topics: Drawing
Painting
CSA 2413Intermediate Painting: Process and Materials Lab
CSA 3401Special Topics: Painting
CSA 3913Painting Off the Wall
Photography
CSA 2502Time-based Media Lab
CSA 2512Photography: Altered Landscapes
CSA 2513Photography: From Photograms to Scanograms
CSA 2570Studio and Location Lighting
CSA 3501Special Topics in Photography
CSA 3510Pre-Digital Alternative Process
CSA 3535Advanced Digital Photography
CSA 3536Making Meaning in the Photography Book
CSA 3540Advanced Lens-Based Commissions Project
Photojournalism
CPJ 3090Photojournalism Studio Visual Reportage
CPJ 3091Photojournalism Studio Multimedia Storytelling
CPJ 3300Speed of Sound
CPJ 4050Picture Editing
CPJ 4340Project-Driven Website Design
Printmaking
CSA 2703Wood Block Print
CSA 2705Collagraph and Mixed-Media Printmaking
CSA 2706Lithography
CSA 2760Book Arts: Concept and Content
CSA 3712Letterpress From the 1400s to the Digital Age
CSA 3716Advanced Printmaking: Screenprinting and Woodblock
New media
CSA 2611Video Art
CSA 3601Special Topics: Time-Based and Electronic Media
CSA 3606Performative Media
CSA 3612Video: Remixing the Archive
CSA 3613Site and Sound
Social practice
CSA 3901Special Topics: Cross-Disciplinary Studio Arts (Social Practice)
CSA 3911Collaborative Practices: Social Practices of Art
CSA 3912The Cinematic in Contemporary Art
CSA 3914Art Outside the Gallery
CSA 3915Public Spectacle in Socially Engaged Art
CSA 3951Creative Photovoltaics
Professional practices
CSA 4070Professional Practices for Lens-Based Media
CSA 4170Professional Practices for Artists

*A capstone exhibition is required concurrent with enrollment in CSA 4093 Fine Art Thesis II

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.