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
For questions visit undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/contact-us.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
|Sophomore year, spring semester|
|CIAR 2100||Studio 1|
|CIAR 2125||Introduction to Graphic Communications|
|CIAR 2150||Beginning Sketching for Designers|
|Junior year, fall semester|
|CIAR 3200||Studio 2|
|CIAR 3225||Understanding Materials and Color|
|CIAR 3250||Introductory Digital Design Tools|
|Junior year, spring semester|
|CIAR 3300||Studio 3|
|CIAR 3325||Interior Design History and Culture|
|CIAR 3350||Basic Sustainability Design Strategies|
|Senior year, fall semester|
|CIAR 4400||Studio 4|
|CIAR 4425||Fundamentals of Lighting and Acoustics|
|CIAR 4450W||Pre-Design for Studio 5|
|Senior year, spring semester|
|CIAR 4500||Studio 5|
|CIAR 4525W||Professional Practice|
|CIAR 4550||Building Systems Methods and Processes|
|It is recommended that students take elective courses during their freshman and or sophomore year, but they can be taken simultaneously with required CIAR courses.|
|9 credits in art and/or design courses.|
|9 credits of art, architecture, and/or design history courses.|
|The courses below are not required but they may be taken when appropriate under the circumstances indicated below.|
|CIAR 4560||Selected Topics (If the department offers a study abroad program or if scheduled with a special topic of interest. Counts toward the elective course requirement.)|
|CIAR 4570||Independent Study (On a topic approved by a faculty member. Enrollment is highly selective.)|
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.