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.
|Foreign language requirement|
|Two semesters of study in a single foreign language (or the equivalent)|
|Required for the major|
|HIST 2050||History of Jewish Civilization: From the Bible to Spinoza|
|JSTD 4019||Senior Thesis|
|or REL 2211||Rabbinic Thought and Literature|
|One course (3 credits) selected from the following:|
|ANTH 3805||Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands|
|CLAS 2803||The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.|
|CLAS 2804||History of Ancient Israel|
|CLAS 3104||Dead Sea Scrolls|
|HIST 2051||Antisemitism from Origins to the Present|
|HIST 2116||Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain|
|JSTD 2001||Topics in Judaic Studies: Pre-modern|
|REL 1009||The Hebrew Scriptures|
|REL 2211||Rabbinic Thought and Literature|
|or REL 2201||Judaism|
|REL 3923||Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam|
|One course (3 credits) selected from the following:|
|HEBR 3101||Modern Hebrew Literary Classics in Translation|
|HEBR 3104W||Gender and Sexuality in Israel|
|HEBR 3301||Modern Hebrew Fiction|
|HEBR 3302||The Israeli Media|
|HIST 2060||Modern Jewish History|
|HIST 2061||Ghetto: History of a Concept|
|HIST 2812||History of Zionism|
|HIST 3061||The Holocaust|
|HIST 3062||War Crimes Trials|
|HIST 3367||The American Jewish Experience|
|JSTD 2002||Topics in Judaic Studies: Modern|
|PSC 2379||Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel|
|PSC 2476||The Arab-Israeli Conflict|
|or PSC 2476W||The Arab-Israeli Conflict|
|REL 3291||Modern Jewish Thought|
|Five additional courses (15 credits) selected from the two lists above.|
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 order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Judaic Studies, a candidate must attain a GPA of at least 3.7 in courses counted toward the major in Judaic Studies and 3.3 overall, and earn a grade of A both for JSTD 4018 Senior Thesis–JSTD 4019 Senior Thesis and for the senior thesis. Having fulfilled these requirements, the student may be recommended for graduation with Special Honors.