For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.
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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
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Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gwadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-6040

General requirements

Elliott School bachelor's degrees engage students with global issues through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Students begin their studies in the first year with foundational courses in political science, economics, history, and anthropology or geography. They supplement these courses with others in the traditional liberal arts categories of writing, natural or physical science, mathematics or statistics, and the humanities/creative arts, plus two writing in the disciplines courses. Foreign language study also is emphasized early to enable students to satisfy the third-year language proficiency requirement of the bachelor's degree in a timely manner. 

Introduction to the major

Prerequisite core (19 credits)
Required
The following courses must be taken in the first year. With the exception of IAFF 1001 (fall), ECON 1011 (fall) and ECON 1012 (spring), courses can be taken in fall or spring. IAFF 1001 is not required for internal or external transfer students.
IAFF 1001First-Year Experience
IAFF 1005Introduction to International Affairs
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II
HIST 1011World History, 1500-Present
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics
One of the following (not required in the first year):
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 1004Language in Culture and Society
GEOG 1001Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 1003Society and Environment
GEOG 1003 does not meet the prerequisite requirement for all upper-level geography courses.

Supporting courses in the liberal arts

Writing (credits vary)
Writing requirements are established by the University Writing Program. Students must complete UW 1020 in their first year before enrolling in a Writing in the Discipline (WID) course for WID credit. The two required WID courses should be taken in the student's major, minor, or a related field, and must be completed in separate semesters to receive WID credit. WID courses are designated in this Bulletin with a "W" appended to the course number (e.g., HIST 2340W).
Required
UW 1020University Writing
Two WID courses
Mathematics or statistics (3 credits)
MATH courses numbered 1051 and above require a placement test. Credit for only one of the following MATH courses may be applied toward a degree: MATH 1221, MATH 1231, or MATH 1252. Credit for only one of the following STAT courses may be applied toward a degree: STAT 1051, STAT 1053, STAT 1111, or STAT 1127. STAT courses may not be double-counted between the Mathematics requirement and the Research Methods requirement (see “Major Requirements.”)
One of the following:
MATH 1007Mathematics and Politics
MATH 1008History of Mathematics
MATH 1009Mathematical Ideas I
MATH 1051Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences
MATH 1221Calculus with Precalculus II
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
MATH 1252Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences
Science (3 to 4 credits), lab required
One of the following:
ANTH 1001Biological Anthropology
ANTH 3412Hominin Evolution
ASTR 1001Stars, Planets, and Life in the Universe
ASTR 1002Origins of the Cosmos
BISC 1005The Biology of Nutrition and Health
BISC 1006The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms
BISC 1007Food, Nutrition, and Service
BISC 1008Understanding Organisms through Service Learning
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
CHEM 1003Energy, Environment, and Society: Current Issues and Future Outlook
CHEM 1004Medicinal Chemistry: from Atoms to Vaccines
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
GEOG 1002Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOL 1001Physical Geology
GEOL 1002Historical Geology
GEOL 1005Environmental Geology
HONR 1033Honors Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery
HONR 1034Honors Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery (continuation of HONR 1033)
PHYS 1003Physics for Future Presidents
PHYS 1007Music and Physics
PHYS 1011General Physics I
PHYS 1012General Physics II
PHYS 1021University Physics I
PHYS 1022University Physics II
PHYS 1025University Physics I with Biological Applications
PHYS 1026University Physics II with Biological Applications
Humanities/creative arts (9 credits)*
This requirement can be satisfied by completing 9 credits in humanities courses, or 6 credits in humanities courses and 3 credits in creative arts courses.
Humanities—two or three of the following:
Any Corcoran Art History (CAH) course except CAH 4199.
AMST 1100Politics and Film
AMST 1160Race, Gender, and Law
AMST 1200The Sixties in America
AMST 2010Early American Cultural History
or HIST 2010 Early American Cultural History
AMST 2011Modern American Cultural History
or HIST 2011 Modern American Cultural History
AMST 2020Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
or AMST 2020W Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
or HIST 2020 Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
or HIST 2020W Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
AMST 2120WFreedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
or PSC 2120W Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
AMST 2210The African American Experience
AMST 2320U.S. Media and Cultural History
or HIST 2320 U.S. Media and Cultural History
AMST 2350U.S. Religion and Politics
or HIST 2350 U.S. Religion and Politics
AMST 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or HIST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or WGSS 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
AMST 2385Sex and Citizenship
or AMST 2385W Sex and Citizenship
or WGSS 2385 Sex and Citizenship
or WGSS 2385W Sex and Citizenship
AMST 2410Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
or AMST 2410W Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
or HIST 2410 Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
or HIST 2410W Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
AMST 2430Capitalism and Culture
AMST 2440The American City
or AMST 2440W The American City
or HIST 2440 The American City
or HIST 2440W The American City
AMST 2450History and Meaning of Higher Education in the United States
AMST 2520American Architecture I
AMST 2521American Architecture II
AMST 2600U.S. Popular Music and Culture
AMST 2610Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
or AMST 2610W Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
or HIST 2610 Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
or HIST 2610W Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
AMST 2620Human Mind and Artificial Intelligence
AMST 2630Discovering the Mind
AMST 2710The United States in the World
or HIST 2710 The United States in the World
AMST 2730World War II in History and Memory
or AMST 2730W World War II in History and Memory
or HIST 2730 World War II in History and Memory
or HIST 2730W World War II in History and Memory
AMST 2750WLatinos in the United States
or ANTH 2750 Latinos in the United States
or ANTH 2750W Latinos in the United States
AMST 3352U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or WGSS 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or WGSS 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
AMST 3361African American History Since 1865
or HIST 3361 African American History Since 1865
AMST 3600Popular Music and Politics
AMST 3625Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives on Data Ethics
or ANTH 3625 Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives on Data Ethics
ANTH 2505Introduction to Ethnomusicology
ANTH 2506Religion, Myth, and Magic
ANTH 2750Latinos in the United States
or ANTH 2750W Latinos in the United States
or AMST 2750W Latinos in the United States
ANTH 3625Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives on Data Ethics
or AMST 3625 Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives on Data Ethics
ARAB 3105Special Topics (Arabic Literature: Arabia to America) -- or IAFF 3188 (Arabic Literature: Arabia to America)
ARAB 3105Special Topics (Contemporary Arabic Literature)
ARAB 3105Special Topics (Gender and The Arab World: Gender, Love, and Friendship in the Arab World: Past and Present -- or WGSS 3170 (Gender and The Arab World: Gender, Love, and Friendship in the Arab World: Past and Present))
ARAB 3105Special Topics (Islamic Political Thought)
ARAB 3301Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 3501Arabic and Arab Identity
ARAB 3502Arab Film and Culture in English
ARAB 4002Arabic Narratives Through the Ages
CHIN 3110Introduction to Classical Chinese II
CHIN 3112Chinese Literature in Translation II
CHIN 3116Language Policy of China
CHIN 3162Chinese Culture Through Film
CHIN 3163Taiwanese Literature and Film
CHIN 3173Chinese Drama and Theatre
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
Any non-language Classical Studies (CLAS) course.
EALL 3811Confucian Literature in East Asia
or REL 2811 Confucian Literature in East Asia
EALL 3814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
or EALL 3814W Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
or REL 2814 Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
ENGL 1050Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 1300The Bible as Literature
ENGL 1315Literature and the Financial Imagination
ENGL 1320Literature of the Americas
or ENGL 1320W Literature of the Americas
ENGL 1330Myths of Britain
or ENGL 1330W Myths of Britain
ENGL 1340Essential Shakespeare
or ENGL 1340W Essential Shakespeare
ENGL 1351Shakespeare Seminar
ENGL 1360Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
ENGL 1365Literature and the Environment
ENGL 1500American Political Fictions
ENGL 2100Introduction to Asian American Studies through Literature
ENGL 2410Introduction to English Literature I
or ENGL 2410W Introduction to English Literature I
ENGL 2411Introduction to English Literature II
or ENGL 2411W Introduction to English Literature II
ENGL 2510Introduction to American Literature I
or ENGL 2510W Introduction to American Literature I
ENGL 2511Introduction to American Literature II
or ENGL 2511W Introduction to American Literature II
ENGL 2610Introduction to Black Literature of America I
or ENGL 2610W Introduction to Black Literature of America I
ENGL 2611Introduction to Black Literature of America II
or ENGL 2611W Introduction to Black Literature of America II
or WGSS 2710 Postcolonialism, Race, and Gender in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
ENGL 2710Postcolonialism, Race, and Gender in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
or ENGL 2710W Postcolonialism, Race, and Gender in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
ENGL 2711Postcolonialism and Migration in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
or ENGL 2711W Postcolonialism and Migration in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
ENGL 2712Bollywood Cinema
ENGL 2800Introduction to Critical Theory
or ENGL 2800W Introduction to Critical Theory
ENGL 3400Topics in Literature and Finance
ENGL 3446Shakespearean London
ENGL 3621American Poetry II
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
or ENGL 3730W Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGL 3826Toni Morrison and William Faulkner
ENGL 3910Disability Studies
ENGL 3918Literature and Medicine
FREN 2500Cultural Politics of Food in France
FREN 3020Contemporary France
FREN 3100Introduction to French Literature
or FREN 3100W Introduction to French Literature
FREN 3220Modern French Literature
FREN 3500Race, Religion, and Identity in France
FREN 3560Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema (Contemporary Francophone Literature/Cinema French Literature of the Renaissance)
FREN 3700History of French Cinema
FREN 4510French Literature of the Renaissance
FREN 4540Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture
Any Film Studies (FILM) course.
GER 2091Introduction to German Literature—in English I
GER 2092Introduction to German Literature—in English II
GER 2161German Culture–in English I
GER 2162German Culture–in English II
GER 3182The Fairy Tale from the Grimms to Disney
GER 3185Literary Voices and the Fascist Experience—in English
GER 3187German Cinema after 1945
GER 4171The Age of Goethe—in German
HEBR 3101Modern Hebrew Literary Classics in Translation
HEBR 3102Israeli Society and Culture: Literary Perspectives
HEBR 3103Israeli Cinema (in English) (same as HIST 3001 and JSTD 2002 (Israeli Cinema [in English])
HEBR 3104WGender and Sexuality in Israel
HEBR 3301Modern Hebrew Fiction
or HEBR 3301W Modern Hebrew Fiction
HEBR 4001Advanced Hebrew Literature I
or HEBR 4001W Advanced Hebrew Literature I
HEBR 4002Advanced Hebrew Literature II
HIST 1020Approaches to Women's History
HIST 1110Foundations of Europe to 1715
HIST 1120Europe in the World Since 1715
or HIST 1120W European Civilization in its World Context
HIST 1121The War of Ideas in European and International History, 1750-Present
HIST 1310Introduction to American History from the Pre-Columbian Era to 1877
HIST 1311Introduction to American History since 1877
HIST 2001Special Topics (African History Through the Novel)
HIST 2001Special Topics (Capitalism and Inequality, From the Industrial Revolution to the Present)
HIST 2001Special Topics (War & Peace In Israeli Society)
HIST 2010Early American Cultural History
or AMST 2010 Early American Cultural History
HIST 2011Modern American Cultural History
or AMST 2011 Modern American Cultural History
HIST 2020Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
or HIST 2020W Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
or AMST 2020 Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
or AMST 2020W Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
HIST 2050History of Jewish Civilization: From the Bible to Modernity
HIST 2060Modern Jewish History
or JSTD 2060 Modern Jewish History
HIST 2113The Roman World to 337 A.D.
HIST 2124Nineteenth-Century Europe
HIST 2125Twentieth-Century Europe
HIST 2131History of England Since 1689
HIST 2141History of France Since 1789
HIST 2160History of Germany
HIST 2312The American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
HIST 2313History of the American West
HIST 2320U.S. Media and Cultural History
or AMST 2320 U.S. Media and Cultural History
HIST 2321U.S. History, 1890-1945
HIST 2322U.S. History since 1945
HIST 2350U.S. Religion and Politics
or AMST 2350 U.S. Religion and Politics
HIST 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or AMST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or WGSS 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
HIST 2410Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
or AMST 2410 Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
or HIST 2410W Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
HIST 2440The American City
or HIST 2440W The American City
or AMST 2440 The American City
or AMST 2440W The American City
HIST 2520Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
HIST 2610Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
or HIST 2610W Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
or AMST 2610 Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
or AMST 2610W Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
HIST 2630History of Korea
HIST 2710The United States in the World
or AMST 2710 The United States in the World
HIST 2730World War II in History and Memory
or HIST 2730W World War II in History and Memory
or AMST 2730 World War II in History and Memory
or AMST 2730W World War II in History and Memory
HIST 2811The Formation of Islam to 1500
HIST 2850Modernization in Russia, Turkey, and Iran
HIST 3035The United States and the Wars in Indochina, 1945–1975
HIST 3044WThe Price of Freedom: Normandy 1944
HIST 3111Topics in Ancient History
HIST 3117
HIST 3324U.S. Urban History
HIST 3352U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or WGSS 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or WGSS 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
HIST 3353U.S. Women's History II
HIST 3360African American History to 1865
or AMST 3360 African American History to 1865
HIST 3361African American History Since 1865
or AMST 3361 African American History Since 1865
HIST 3611History of Modern China
HIST 3801Topics in Middle Eastern History (topic: Gender and The Arab World: Gender, Love, and Friendship in the Arab World: Past and Present -- or ARAB 3105 or WGSS 3170 (Gender and The Arab World: Gender, Love, and Friendship in the Arab World: Past and Present))
HIST 3811The Emergence of the Modern Middle East
HLWL 1105
HONR 1016Honors Seminar: Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought
HONR 2053Arts and Humanities Seminar
or HONR 2053W Arts and Humanities Seminar
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Arabic Literature: Arabia to America) -- or ARAB 3105 (Arabic Literature: Arabia to America)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (African Literature and Politics)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (West African Film and Literature)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (Film and U.S. Foreign Policy)
ITAL 3300Italian Literature and Culture in Translation (Pandemics in Italian Literature & Film)
ITAL 4100The Italian American Experience
ITAL 4184Contemporary Italian Cinema
ITAL 4380Italian Journeys Medieval to Postmodern
JAPN 3111Japanese Literature in Translation I
JAPN 3112Japanese Literature in Translation II
JSTD 2001Topics in Judaic Studies: Pre-modern (topic: Excavating Armageddon -- or CLAS 3115 or HIST 3111 (Excavating Armageddon))
JSTD 2001Topics in Judaic Studies: Pre-modern (topic: The Hebrew Scriptures -- or CLAS 2105 or REL 1009 (The Hebrew Scriptures))
JSTD 2060Modern Jewish History
or HIST 2060 Modern Jewish History
KOR 3111Korean Literature in Translation I
KOR 3112Korean Literature in Translation II
LATN 2002Poetry of Empire
or LATN 2002W Poetry of Empire
LATN 3001Major Latin Authors I
or LATN 3001W Major Latin Authors I
LATN 3002Major Latin Authors II
or LATN 3002W Major Latin Authors II
MUS 1103Music in the Western World
MUS 1104Topics in Music
MUS 1105Introduction to Musical Thought and Practice
MUS 1107Music of the World
MUS 1108History of Jazz
MUS 2101Harmony
MUS 2105Introduction to Ethnomusicology
MUS 2106Music History III: Twentieth-Century Art Traditions
MUS 2122Music in the U.S.
MUS 2123Musical Cultures of Black Americans
MUS 2174Introduction to Jazz Harmony
MUS 3126Music History I: Antiquity through Early Baroque
MUS 3127Music History II: The Tonal Era
MUS 3139Form and Analysis
MUS 3174Topics in Music Theory and Composition
MUS 3175Topics in Music History and Literature
Any Philosophy (PHIL) course except PHIL 2045 and PHIL 3121.
PSC 2105Major Issues of Western Political Thought I
PSC 2106Major Issues of Western Political Thought II
PSC 2120WFreedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
or AMST 2120W Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
PSTD 1010Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Any Religion (REL) course.
SLAV 1392Introduction to Russian Literature II
SLAV 2310The Russian Media Since Communism
SLAV 2362Russian Culture
SPAN 2500The Spanish-Speaking World: Spain, Latin America, and the United States
SPAN 3100Texts and Contexts of the Spanish-Speaking World
or SPAN 3100W Texts and Contexts of the Spanish-Speaking World
TRDA 1015
TRDA 1020
TRDA 1025Understanding the Theatre
TRDA 2185
TRDA 2191
or TRDA 2191W Dance History
TRDA 2240Play Analysis
TRDA 3245History of the Theatre I
TRDA 3246History of the Theatre II
or TRDA 3246W History of the Theatre II
UNIV 1006Questions of Culture
WGSS 1020Approaches to Women's History
WGSS 2225Philosophy of Race And Gender
or PHIL 2125 Philosophy of Race and Gender
WGSS 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or AMST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or HIST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
WGSS 2385Sex and Citizenship
or WGSS 2385W Sex and Citizenship
or AMST 2385 Sex and Citizenship
or AMST 2385W Sex and Citizenship
WGSS 3170Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Feminism, Migration, and Media)
WGSS 3170Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Women in Modern European History)
WGSS 3352U.S. Women's History to 1865
or WGSS 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
WGSS 3353U.S. Women's History II
WGSS 3981Women in Western Religion
or REL 2981 Women in Western Religion
WLP 1020Writing, Literature, and Society
Literature and film classes in the Departments of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; East Asian Languages and Literatures; English; and Romance, German, Slavic Languages and Literatures also fulfill this requirement.
Creative Arts—a maximum of 3 credits from the following:
Any Corcoran Studio Arts (CSA) course.
CHIN 3173Chinese Drama and Theatre
ENGL 1210Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2210Techniques in Creative Writing
ENGL 2460Fiction Writing
ENGL 2470Poetry Writing
ENGL 2560Intermediate Fiction Writing
ENGL 3390Topics in Creative Writing
Non-ensemble performance study (MUS) courses, including:
MUS 1101Elements of Music Theory
MUS 1102Comprehensive Musicianship I
MUS 1106Introduction to Musical Performance and Experience
MUS 2102Comprehensive Musicianship II
MUS 2134Composition
MUS 2661Electronic and Computer Music I
MUS 2662Electronic and Computer Music II
MUS 4184Advanced Composition
Performance Study Courses (TRDA), including:
TRDA 1035Theatre Production
TRDA 1151Beginning/Intermediate Ballet
TRDA 1152Beginning Modern/Postmodern Dance
TRDA 1153Beginning/Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance
TRDA 1170
TRDA 1171Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 1214
TRDA 1330Basics of Production Design
TRDA 2160Intermediate Ballet
TRDA 2172Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
TRDA 2173Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 2179
TRDA 2180
TRDA 2192Repertory/Performance
TRDA 2193
TRDA 2194
Dance Styles I
and Dance Styles II
TRDA 2194Dance Styles II
TRDA 2215Intermediate Acting
TRDA 2250
TRDA 2339
TRDA 3174Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
TRDA 3175Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 3182
& TRDA 3183

and
TRDA 3183
TRDA 3186
TRDA 3222Topics in Advanced Acting
TRDA 3240Introduction to Dramaturgy
TRDA 3250Intermediate Dramatic Writing
TRDA 3331
TRDA 3332
TRDA 3333Stage Management
TRDA 3335
TRDA 3336Introduction to Costuming
TRDA 4184Choreography and Performance
TRDA 4275
TRDA 4338Scene Painting
*Some MUS and TRDA courses may be repeated for credit. Consult course descriptions in this Bulletin for additional information. All courses must be taken for a letter grade to fulfill this requirement. Courses taken Pass/No Pass are not accepted.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Elliott School of International Affairs, Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

A minimum grade of C-  must be earned in all major requirement courses, to include the last course used to prove third-year proficiency in a modern regional language .

Major Requirements

Foundation (3 credits)
IAFF 2091East Asia-Past and Present
Foreign language (credits vary)
Students must demonstrate third-year proficiency in a modern foreign languages (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) by examination or coursework. Additional information regarding the Elliott School foreign language examinations is available from the academic advisor.
Chinese
One of the following options for beginning Chinese:
Option one:
CHIN 1001
CHIN 1002
Beginning Chinese I
and Beginning Chinese II
Option two:
CHIN 1011Intensive Beginning Chinese
And the following courses:
CHIN 2003Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 2004Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 3105Intermediate Chinese III
CHIN 3106Intermediate Chinese IV
Japanese
One of the following options for beginning Japanese:
Option one:
JAPN 1001
JAPN 1002
Beginning Japanese I
and Beginning Japanese II
Option two:
JAPN 1005Intensive Beginning Japanese
And the following courses:
JAPN 2003Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 2004Intermediate Japanese II
JAPN 3105Intermediate Japanese III
JAPN 3106Intermediate Japanese IV
Korean
KOR 1001Beginning Korean I
KOR 1002Beginning Korean II
KOR 2003Intermediate Korean I
KOR 2004Intermediate Korean II
KOR 3105Intermediate Korean III
KOR 3106Intermediate Korean IV

Regional foundations (3 credits)

One course from the following in any region other than Asia.

Africa
ANTH 3708Anthropology of Africa
ECON 2198Special Topics in Economics - Regional (Economics of Africa)
GEOG 3164The Geography of Africa
GEOG 3197Special Topics in Regional Geography (Geography of Russia and its Neighbors)
HIST 3501Topics: Africa (African History Since 1880)
HIST 3530Women in Africa
HIST 3540West Africa to Independence
IAFF 2093Africa: Problems and Prospects
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (North Africa and the World) *
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Rising Africa and the World)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (African Literature and Politics)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (International Relations in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (New African Security Frontier)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Religion in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Security Challenges in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Transnational Justice in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Women and Leadership in Africa)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (Africa: Declassified)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (China and Africa)
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2482African International Politics
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Comparative Politics of Africa)
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Development Challenges in Africa)
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Government and Politics of Africa)
*IAFF 2190W (North Africa and the World) is not approved as a Regional Foundations course for students in the Middle East Studies program due to the degree of overlap between issues in North Africa and the Middle East.
Asia (Students in the BA in Asian studies program must fulfill the Regional Foundations requirement using a course focused in a world region other than Asia.)
ANTH 3703Cultures of the Pacific
ANTH 3704Cultures of Southeast Asia
ANTH 3705Anthropology of East Asia
ANTH 3791Topics in Regional Anthropology (Anthropology of South Asia)
ECON 2198Special Topics in Economics - Regional (East Asian Economies)
GEOG 3165Geography of South Asia
HIST 2605WMajors’ Introductory Seminar: Asia (Graverobbers on the Silk Road)
HIST 3601Topics: Asian History (Empire and Legacies Northeast Asia: Russia, China, Japan)
HIST 3640History of Southeast Asia
HIST 3650Modern South Asia, 1750-Present
HONR 2047Self and Society Seminar (Political Economies of China, India, and Beyond)
IAFF 2091East Asia-Past and Present
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Asian Order and Community Building)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Current Events in East Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Development Issues in Southeast Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (East Asian Security)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Economic Development of East Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (History and Politics of South Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Indo-Pacific Security Challenges)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (International Relations of South Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Memory and Reconciliation: Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Politics and Conflict of South Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Religions of Asia -- or REL 2990 (Religions of Asia))
IAFF 3186WSpecial Topics in Asian Studies (Equitable Development in Southeast Asia)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia)
PSC 2369Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2373Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Politics and Protest in East Asia)
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Protest and Participation in East Asia)
Europe and Eurasia
ECON 2199Special Topics in Economics (Economics of the EU)
HIST 1120Europe in the World Since 1715
or HIST 1120W European Civilization in its World Context
HIST 1121The War of Ideas in European and International History, 1750-Present
HIST 2125Twentieth-Century Europe
HIST 3126European Integration: A History
HIST 3178The Making of the Modern Balkans
IAFF 2092Russia and Eastern Europe: An Introduction
IAFF 2094Europe: International and Domestic Interactions
IAFF 3185Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia)
IAFF 3185Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 3185Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Ukraine and Georgia between Russia and the West)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (European Economies and Crisis of Integration)
IAFF 4191WResearch Seminar (Europe)
PSC 2330Comparative Politics of Western Europe
PSC 2331Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 2332European Integration
PSC 2994Special Topics in International Relations (International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe)
Latin America (Students in the BA in Latin American and hemispheric studies program must fulfill the Regional Foundations requirement using a course focused in a world region other than Latin America.)
ANTH 3702Anthropology of Latin America
ECON 2185Economic History and Problems of Latin America
GEOG 3161Geography of Latin America
HIST 3701Topics in Latin American History (Latin America and the World Since 1820)
HIST 3710History of Latin America I
HIST 3711History of Latin America II
IAFF 2090Latin America: Problems and Promise
IAFF 3177Political Economy of Latin America
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Latin American Migration)
IAFF 3191WLatin American Populism in Global Context
IAFF 3194WLatin America's Violent Peace
PSC 2383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 2484International Relations of Latin America
Middle East (Students in the BA in Middle East studies program must fulfill the Regional Foundations requirement using a course focused in a world region other than the Middle East.)
ANTH 3707Anthropology of the Middle East
GEOG 3154Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
HIST 3810History of the Middle East to 1800
HIST 3811The Emergence of the Modern Middle East
IAFF 2095The Middle East in International Affairs
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Arab Politics)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Challenges and Change in the Middle East)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (North Africa and the World)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Politics and Culture in the Middle East)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (The Middle East Since WWII)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Militaries and Politics in the Middle East)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Political Islam)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Security Issues in the Greater Middle East)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Policy in the Persian Gulf)
IAFF 4191Research Seminar (Political Islam)
PSC 2377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2478International Relations of the Middle East
Research methods (3 credits)
One course pertaining to qualitative or quantitative social science research methods from the following:
ANTH 3531Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
ECON 2123Introduction to Econometrics
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
IAFF 2101International Affairs Research Methods
IAFF 2190Special Topics (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 2190Special Topics (Program Design in International Affairs)
IAFF 2190Special Topics (Qualitative Research Methods)
IAFF 3180WSpecial Topics in Security Policy (Security Policy and Qualitative Analysis)
IAFF 4191WResearch Seminar (International Conflict and Contentious Politics)
IAFF 4191WResearch Seminar (Security Policy and Qualitative Analysis)
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science
PSC 2102Visualizing and Modeling Politics
PSYC 2101Research Methods in Psychology
PUBH 3131Epidemiology
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health (Qualitative Research Methods)
SOC 2101Social Research Methods
SOC 2111Field Research
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics *
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science *
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I *
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences *
STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
or STAT 2183W Intermediate Statistical Laboratory: Statistical Computing Packages
*Credit for only one of the following courses may be applied toward a degree: STAT 1051, STAT 1053, STAT 1111, or STAT 1127.
STAT courses may not be double-counted between the Math requirement and the research methods requirement.
In the categories below, additional Asia-related courses may be approved by the Program Director.
Asian literature (3 credits)
One course from the following:
CHIN 3111Chinese Literature in Translation I
CHIN 3112Chinese Literature in Translation II
JAPN 3111Japanese Literature in Translation I
JAPN 3112Japanese Literature in Translation II
KOR 3111Korean Literature in Translation I
KOR 3112Korean Literature in Translation II
Multi-disciplinary core (18 credits)
The following lists are not exhaustive, and new courses may be added at any time.
History and Culture—Three courses (9 credits) from the following:
ANTH 3703Cultures of the Pacific
ANTH 3704Cultures of Southeast Asia
ANTH 3705Anthropology of East Asia
ANTH 3709Japanese Culture Through Film
or JAPN 3162 Japanese Culture Through Film
CAH 2190East Asian Art
CAH 2191South Asian Art
CAH 2192Art of Southeast Asia
CHIN 3136WChinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film (same as WGSS 3136 and WGSS 3136W)
CHIN 3162Chinese Culture Through Film
EALL 1075East Asian Calligraphy
EALL 2802Introduction to Chinese Religions
or REL 2802 Introduction to Chinese Religions
EALL 3811Confucian Literature in East Asia
or REL 2811 Confucian Literature in East Asia
EALL 3831Introduction to Daoism
or EALL 3831W Introduction to Daoism
or REL 2831 Introduction to Daoism
EALL 3881Women, Gender, and Religion in China
or REL 3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China
or WGSS 3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China
ENGL 3965Topics in Asian American Cultural Studies
HIST 2305WMajors’ Introductory Seminar: United States (The Cold War in Asia)
HIST 2630History of Korea
HIST 3001Special Topics (Modern Southeast Asian History)
HIST 3001Special Topics (The Cold War in Asia)
HIST 3001Special Topics (The Korean War)
HIST 3001Special Topics (Vietnam: Colonialism, War, Revolution)
HIST 3001Special Topics (World War II in Asia)
HIST 3001Special Topics (WWII in Asia: History and Legacy)
HIST 3001Special Topics (WWII in East Asia and the Pacific)
HIST 3035The United States and the Wars in Indochina, 1945–1975
HIST 3610China to 1800
HIST 3611History of Modern China
HIST 3614WWriting Modern Chinese History
HIST 3615History of Chinese Communism
HIST 3621History of Modern Japan
HIST 3640History of Southeast Asia
HIST 3650Modern South Asia, 1750-Present
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Memory and Reconciliation in Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (North Korean Society and Culture. Same as KOR 4190: North Korean Society and Culture)
JAPN 3162Japanese Culture Through Film
or ANTH 3709 Japanese Culture Through Film
KOR 3162Korean Culture through Film
KOR 4190North Korean Society and Culture (same as IAFF 3186: North Korean Society and Culture)
REL 2401Islam
REL 2501Hinduism
REL 2562Mythologies of India
REL 2601Buddhism
REL 2802Introduction to Chinese Religions
or EALL 2802 Introduction to Chinese Religions
REL 2811Confucian Literature in East Asia
or EALL 3811 Confucian Literature in East Asia
REL 2814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
or EALL 3814 Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 3405Shi'ite Islam
REL 3481Women in Islam
REL 3614Buddhist Philosophy
REL 3831WIntroduction to Daoism
or EALL 3831W Introduction to Daoism
REL 3832Myth, Ritual, and Popular Religion in China
or EALL 3832 Myth, Ritual, and Popular Religion in China
REL 3989The Goddess in India and Beyond
REL 3990Selected Topics in Religion (Mahabharata and Pali Buddhism)
REL 3990Selected Topics in Religion (Shamanism in Theory)
WGSS 3136Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film (same as CHIN 3136W)
or WGSS 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
Political Science and Geography—Two courses (6 credits) from the following:
GEOG 3165Geography of South Asia
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (U.S.-Asia: Critical Issues)
IAFF 3182Special Topics in Foreign Policy (China's Rise and Implications)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Indo-Pacific Security Challenges)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Politics and Conflict South Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Taiwan: Current Challenges and Future Directions)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (U.S.-China Relations)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (China and Africa)
PSC 2368Politics in the Two Koreas
PSC 2369Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2370Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia
PSC 2371Politics and Foreign Policy of China
PSC 2373Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
PSC 2374Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Chinese Foreign Policy)
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Post-Conflict Vietnam)
Economics and Development—One course (3 credits) from the following:
ECON 2151Economic Development
or ECON 2151W Economic Development
ECON 2169Introduction to the Economy of China
ECON 2170Introduction to the Economy of Japan
ECON 2198Special Topics in Economics - Regional (East Asian Economies)
IAFF 3186WSpecial Topics in Asian Studies (Development Issues in Southeast Asia)
IAFF 3186WSpecial Topics in Asian Studies (Equitable Development in Southeast Asia)
Related coursework (9 credits)
Three courses related to Asia from any discipline, including International Affairs (IAFF), selected with the approval of the program director.
Study abroad
Students are encouraged to study in Asia through one of GW's formal partnerships with a regional university or an approved self-designed study abroad program.