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:

34 credits in required courses:
PSC 1002Introduction to American Politics and Government
or PSC 1002W Introduction to American Politics and Government
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
SMPA 2101Journalism: Theory and Practice
SMPA 2110WIntroduction to News Writing and Reporting (minimum grade of B required)
SMPA 2111WAdvanced News Reporting
SMPA 2112Digital Media I: Introduction to Video Production
SMPA 2113Digital Media II: Introduction to Web Production and Social Media
SMPA 2151Research Methods
SMPA 2152Data Analysis for Journalism and Political Communication
SMPA 2173Media Law
SMPA 3150Journalism Ethics
On advanced writing/reporting course (3 credits) selected from the following:
SMPA 3230Reporting in the Digital Age
SMPA 3231Sustainability Reporting
SMPA 3235WBroadcast News Writing
SMPA 3242Investigative Reporting
Five additional courses (15 to 18 credits) selected from the advanced writing/reporting courses listed above or from the following:
SMPA 2120Public Opinion
SMPA 2177Media History
SMPA 3193Selected Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication Skills
SMPA 3195Selected Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication
SMPA 3196Independent Study
SMPA 3197Internship (Only one, 3-credit internship may count toward the major.)
SMPA 3233Photojournalism
SMPA 3234Editing and Design for Print and Web
SMPA 3236WBroadcast News Reporting
SMPA 3240WWashington Reporting
SMPA 3241WCampaign Reporting
SMPA 3243WFeature Writing
SMPA 3244WNarrative Journalism
SMPA 3245WEditorial and Persuasive Writing
SMPA 3246Specialized Reporting
SMPA 3247Documentary Production
SMPA 3333Media Organizations and Audiences
SMPA 3428Media, Politics, and Government
SMPA 3450Social Media
SMPA 3460Race, Media, and Politics
SMPA 3469International Communication
SMPA 3471Media in the Developing World
SMPA 3472Media and Foreign Policy
SMPA 3475Media Management
SMPA 3476Media, Technology, and Culture
SMPA 3477Information Technology and Politics
SMPA 3479Documentary
SMPA 3480The Future of Journalism
SMPA 4198Special Honors Research Seminar
One capstone course (4 credits) selected from the following:
SMPA 4180Online Journalism Workshop
SMPA 4181Television News Workshop
SMPA 4182Specialized Journalism Workshop

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, students must have attained a 3.7 GPA in all courses completed at GW and in all courses required for the major. Students intending to apply for Special Honors must consult their advisor at the start of the senior year. Application must be made by the mid-point of the student’s final semester (October 15 or March 15), and must include a letter of application and a portfolio of published or broadcast work. The journalism and mass communication faculty evaluates the work on the basis of professional standards as outlined by the department. Students interested in pursuing Special Honors through writing a research thesis should consult their advisor.