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.

Program-specific curriculum:

One of the following options:
Option A:
GER 1005
GER 1006
Intensive Beginning German I
and Intensive Beginning German II
Option B:
GER 1001
GER 1002
First-Year German I
and First-Year German II
GER 1003
GER 1004
Second-Year German I
and Second-Year German II
GER 2009
GER 2010
Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
GER 2109
GER 2110
Advanced Conversation and Composition
and Germany in the Age of Globalization
Two courses from the following:
GER 2091
GER 2092
Introduction to German Literature—in English I
and Introduction to German Literature—in English II
GER 2161
GER 2162
German Culture–in English I
and German Culture–in English II
Two courses from the following:
GER 2111Business German
GER 2161
GER 2162
German Culture–in English I
and German Culture–in English II (if not taken above)
GER 2165Twentieth-Century German Literature–in English
GER 3181History of German Cinema—in English
GER 3182The Fairy Tale from the Grimms to Disney
GER 3183Berlin Before and After the Wall (in English)
GER 3184German Thought—in English
GER 3185Literary Voices and the Fascist Experience—in English
GER 3186German Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries (in English)
GER 3187German Cinema after 1945 (in English)
GER 3188The Lives of East Germans (in English)
Four courses from the following:
GER 3189Dealing with the Communist Past in Germany and Eastern Europe
GER 4171The Age of Goethe—in German (in German)
GER 4172From Romanticism to Realism (in German)
GER 4173Naturalism to Expressionism (in German)
GER 4174Inside/Outside the Third Reich (in German)
GER 4175Literature of two Germanies (in German)
GER 4176Contemporary German Literature (in German)

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 (G-PAC) as well as CCAS 1001. 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.

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

  • Writing—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing and 6 credits distributed over at least two writing in the discipline (WID) courses taken in separate semesters. WID courses are designated by a "W" appended to the course number.
  • Humanities—one approved humanities course that involves critical 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 that employ critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, or scientific reasoning.

Coursework for the CCAS G-PAC requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved arts course 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.
  • Local or civic engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Oral communication—one approved course in oral communication.
  • Natural or physical science—one additional 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).
  • Humanities—one additional approved humanities course that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience

Certain courses are approved to fulfill GPAC requirements in more than one category.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC requirements may also 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.

Lists of approved courses in the above categories are included on each undergraduate major's page in this Bulletin.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, candidates must have attained a 3.5 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.0 average overall. Students must apply for honors candidacy by the end of the first semester of the junior year; must attain speaking proficiency at the advanced level, as measured by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview; and must successfully complete an honors thesis (GER 4197 Senior Honors Thesis IGER 4198 Senior Honors Thesis II).