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:

Prerequisite
REL 1003Introduction to World Religions
Required
REL 3901Thinking About Religion: Classic and Contemporary Approaches
REL 4101WSenior Capstone Seminar
Electives
Nine Religion (REL) courses (27 credits). At least two of these courses must be taken at the 2000-level or above. At least two courses must focus on Abrahamic religions and at least two on non-Abrahamic religions, selected from the following:
Abrahamic religions
REL 1009The Hebrew Scriptures
REL 1010The New Testament
or REL 1010W The New Testament
REL 2165The Gospels
REL 2169Lost Gospels
REL 2201Judaism
REL 2211Rabbinic Thought and Literature
REL 2301Christianity
REL 2401Islam
REL 2981Women in Western Religion
REL 3141Second Temple/Hellenistic Judaism
REL 3151The Historical Jesus
or REL 3151W The Historical Jesus
REL 3221Issues in Jewish Ethics
REL 3291Modern Jewish Thought
REL 3310Apocalypse and Social Change
REL 3321Christian Ethics and Modern Society
REL 3342Medieval Faith and Symbolism
REL 3343Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation
REL 3405Shi'ite Islam
REL 3414Islamic Philosophy and Theology
REL 3419Islamic Civilization and the West
REL 3425Islamic Political Thought
REL 3431Sufism/Islamic Mysticism
REL 3432Persian Sufi Literature East and West
REL 3475Islamic Religion and Art
REL 3481Women in Islam
REL 3482Gender and Piety in Islam
REL 3666The Book of Revelation and Other Apocalypses
REL 3701Religion in the United States
REL 3711Religion in Contemporary America
or REL 3711W Religion in Contemporary America
REL 3915Islam and Hinduism in South Asia
REL 3923Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Non-Abrahamic religions
REL 2501Hinduism
REL 2562Mythologies of India
REL 2601Buddhism
REL 2802Introduction to Chinese Religions
REL 2811Confucian Literature in East Asia
REL 2814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 2831Introduction to Daoism
REL 3566Dharma in Hinduism and Buddhism
REL 3614Buddhist Philosophy
REL 3814WReligion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 3831WDaoism in East Asia
REL 3832Myth, Ritual, and Popular Religion in China
REL 3841Religion and Politics in China
REL 3881Women, Gender, and Religion in China
REL 3915Islam and Hinduism in South Asia
REL 3989The Goddess in India and Beyond

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 maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 in courses in the major, and receive a minimum grade of A– in REL 4101W