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 (CCAS), Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

6 credits in any introductory-level (1000 and 2000) studio elective in Graphic Design (CGD), Interior Architecture (CIAR), Interaction Design (CIXD), Photojournalism (CPJ), or Studio Arts (CSA).
6 credits in any upper-level (2000, 3000, and 4000) studio electives in (CGD), (CIAR), (CIXD), (CPJ), or (CSA).
The following two courses (6 credits) in fine arts photography fundamentals courses:
CSA 1501Black and White Photography Fundamentals
CSA 1502Introduction to Digital Color Photography
The following four courses (12 credits) in developmental photo/photojournalism courses:
CPJ 2091
CPJ 3090Photojournalism Studio Visual Reportage
CPJ 3091Photojournalism Studio Multimedia Storytelling
CSA 2502Time-based Media Lab
The following two courses (6 credits) in Fine Arts or Photojournalism thesis:
CSA 4092Fine Art Thesis I
or CPJ 4090 Photojournalism Thesis I
CSA 4093Fine Art Thesis II
or CPJ 4091 Photojournalism Thesis II
Art/design history
6 credits in courses selected from the following:
CAH 2162WHistory of Photography
CSA 3020WTopics in Photography and Photojournalism
CSA 3021WTopics in Fine Art Seminar
CSA 4020WPhotography and Photojournalism Studio Seminar
CSA 4021WFine Art Studio Seminar
The following three courses (9 credits) for the supportive journalism requirement:
SMPA 2101Journalism: Theory and Practice
SMPA 2110WIntroduction to News Writing and Reporting
SMPA 2173Media Law

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.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must have attained, by the end of the junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult their advisor regarding eligibility, selection of an area of study, and a director of the research or creative arts project.