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

Required (18 Credits)
CTAD 1214Beginning Acting
or CTAD 1215 Acting Fundamentals for Majors and Minors
CTAD 1330Basics of Production Design
CTAD 2339Theatre Practicum (taken six times for a total of 6 credits)
CTAD 3245History of the Theatre I
or CTAD 3245W History of the Theatre I
CTAD 3246History of the Theatre II
or CTAD 3246W History of the Theatre II
3 credits (one course) in design/technical theatre courses selected from the following*:
CTAD 3331Introduction to Lighting
CTAD 3332Theatrical Makeup Design
CTAD 3333Stage Management
CTAD 3334Introduction to Audio Design
CTAD 3335Introduction to Scene Design
CTAD 3336Introduction to Costuming
CTAD 4338Scene Painting
CTAD 4594Special Topics in Production Design
15 additional credits (roughly five courses) in the theatre area selected from the following in consultation with the advisor*:
CTAD 1000Dean's Seminar
CTAD 1025Understanding the Theatre
CTAD 1035Theatre Production
CTAD 2215Scene Study
CTAD 2240Play Analysis
CTAD 2250Dramatic Writing
or ENGL 2250 Dramatic Writing
CTAD 3131WPerformance, Identity, and Social Change
CTAD 3222Topics in Advanced Acting
CTAD 3223Mask and Movement
CTAD 3224Voice and Speech
CTAD 3225Stage Dialects
CTAD 3226Acting Shakespeare
CTAD 3227Acting for Camera
CTAD 3228Creating Solo Performance: Performing Culture, Performing History
CTAD 3229Auditions and the Acting Business
CTAD 3231Unarmed Stage Combat
CTAD 3232Stage Combat Swordplay
CTAD 3240Introduction to Dramaturgy
or ENGL 3240 Introduction to Dramaturgy
CTAD 3247Musical Theatre History
CTAD 3248 Theatre Historiography: Shakespeare and Global Classics
CTAD 3249Decolonizing Shakespeare through Contemporary Theory
CTAD 3331Introduction to Lighting *
CTAD 3332Theatrical Makeup Design *
CTAD 3333*
CTAD 3334Introduction to Audio Design *
CTAD 3335Introduction to Scene Design *
CTAD 3336Introduction to Costuming *
CTAD 4275Directing for the Theatre *
CTAD 4338Scene Painting
CTAD 4592Special Topics in Theatre Studies
CTAD 4593Special Topics in Theatre Performance
CTAD 4594Special Topics in Production Design
CTAD 4595Selected Topics
or CTAD 4595W Selected Topics
CTAD 4596Independent Study
CTAD 4598Internship
CTAD 4597Senior Project
or CTAD 4599 Honors Thesis

*The same course cannot be used to satisfy both the design/technical theatre course and theatre area course requirements.

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 in Theatre, candidates must have a grade-point average of 3.4 in the major and complete TRDA 4599 Honors Thesis with a grade of A. They must consult with a faculty advisor at the beginning of the second semester of the junior year to determine eligibility, area of study, and the director of the research or creative project.