For information about the admission process, including deadlines, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications can 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 St NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20052

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

6 credits in foundational courses selected from the following:
CFN 1090First-Year Studio 1: Drawing and Surface
CFN 1091First-Year Studio 2: Form and Materials
CFN 1092First Year Studio 3: Time and Light
CFN 1093First-Year Studio 4: Interaction
12 credits in fine art studio courses:
CSA 1090Fine Art Fundamentals I
CSA 1091Fine Art Fundamentals II
CSA 2092Fine Art Studio Experimental Materiality
CSA 3092Fine Art Studio Critical Practices in Making
Studio electives
3 credits in studio electives taken at any level, selected from subject areas CSA,CTAD, CMUS, CPJ, CGD, or CIXD.
Studio arts electives
6 credits in studio arts electives taken at the 2000 level or above, selected from subject areas CSA or CPJ.
Cross-disciplinary studio electives
3 credits in cross-disciplinary studio electives selected from the following:
CSA 3901Special Topics: Cross-Disciplinary Studio Arts
CSA 3911Collaborative Practices: Social Practices of Art
CSA 3912The Cinematic in Contemporary Art
CSA 3913Painting Off the Wall
CSA 3914Art Outside the Gallery
CSA 3915Public Spectacle in Socially Engaged Art
CSA 3951Creative Photovoltaics
Professional practices
3 credits in professional practices selected from the following:
CSA 4170Professional Practices for Artists
6 credits in thesis coursework. Students participate in a thesis exhibition as part of their thesis.
CSA 4092Fine Art Thesis I
CSA 4093Fine Art Thesis II
Art history
9 credits in art history courses:
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
and 6 additional credits in art history or CSA seminars selected from the following:
CSA 3021WTopics in Fine Art Seminar
CSA 3020WTopics in Photography and Photojournalism
CSA 4020WPhotography and Photojournalism Studio Seminar
CSA 4021WFine Art Studio Seminar

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 the course CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience. 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:

  • One course in critical thinking in the humanities.

  • Two courses in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, or scientific reasoning in the social sciences.

  • One course that has an approved oral communication component.

  • One course in quantitative reasoning (must be in mathematics or statistics).
  • One course in scientific reasoning (must be in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences).
  • UW 1020 University Writing (4 credits).
  • After successful completion of UW 1020, 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. 

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.
  • 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 this Bulletin, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must have attained, by the end of the junior year, a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of their 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.