Chinese Language and Culture

As interest in learning Chinese increases, so does the demand for language teachers. Offered through GW's East Asian Languages and Literature department, the Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Culture deepens intellectual and cultural understanding of China while preparing students for careers in teaching and related fields. Through the mastery of speech and literacy, students learn how to analyze texts in original Chinese and effectively communicate with native speakers.

Anatomical and Translational Sciences

The Graduate Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS) in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences educates students in translational sciences with an understanding of human gross anatomy, embryology, functional histology, neuroanatomy, modern stem cell and developmental biology, and technology for biomedical molecular imaging. GCATS offers a contemporary clinical emphasis using problem-based learning.

Budget and Public Finance

The certificate in budgeting and public finance provides course work in the theoretical and practical foundations of public budgeting and in the formulation and evaluation of public budgets, as well as the complex choices of economic reasoning in response to resource allocation in the process of formulating and implementing public budgets. The courses in the certificate provide a background in budget policy and process, characteristics of public revenue and expenditure, and governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Geographical Information Systems

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) allow us to capture, manage, query, analyze and model geospatially referenced data. GIS ties the idea of location to information, making it possible to visualize it all in map form. Using geospatial techniques we combine and overlay data to show complex scenarios from a geographic perspective. GIS also allows us to integrate data from diverse sources, helping identify relationships, trends, and patterns of distribution.

LGBT Health Policy and Practice

The Graduate Certificate program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Policy and Practice—the first of its kind in applied health
for the LGBT community—trains current and future healthcare
leaders to develop strategies that address health issues and reduce health disparities for LGBT
people. The one-year, 12-credit program provides students with a solid base in the psychological,
medical, and policy-based issues faced by LGBT individuals.

Designed for working professionals, the program is a distance learning program with a

Art Therapy Practice

This 30-credit program offers professionals in art, therapy, psychology, and related fields the opportunity to learn how the theories and practice of art therapy be incorporated in their work and in treatment. Designed for those who have already earned a master’s or PhD, the program prepares its graduates for registration with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and to take the board certification examination. Beyond the coursework, all students must complete a 700-hour practicum or internship and a culminating project in order to graduate.


Learn one of the world’s oldest living languages through GW’s Hebrew program. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures, the program offers language courses taught by native speakers as well as classes in Hebrew fiction and Israeli culture. The program emphasizes speaking, reading, writing and listening.


Learn the language of the birthplace of Western civilization, read classical texts in their original language and explore the ancient Greek civilization through GW’s Greek program. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures, the program offers courses in the Greek language and classical literature and civilization.


Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics, the astronomy program includes coursework on the origins of the cosmos, life in the universe and space astrophysics.


Arabic courses cover four levels/years of language instruction at the undergraduate level. In the first and second year, students can choose between the college-wide standard four-credit track and an intensive six-credit track.

Language courses are communicative-based and student-centered. They emphasize four language skills—listening, reading, writing and speaking—in addition to fostering cultural competency. From the first course onward, Arabic classes strive to maximize the students’ exposure to the language in the classroom.