University Symposium

Each semester, the Honors Program’s University Symposium focuses on topics such as “Who’s Afraid of Intelligent Design?” Often one of the most memorable events in a student’s education, the three-day weekend affords open access to noted guest lecturers in discussion groups and over meals.

University Writing Program

Students have access to a broad variety of opportunities to improve their writing. The University Writing Program consists of a special freshman-year class dedicated to writing fundamentals in a topical setting. Students also take upper-level writing courses in the disciplines of their choosing.


The program emphasizes the collaborative nature of theatrical art. Students are introduced to the arts and crafts of theatre: acting, design, technical production, dramaturgical analysis, directing, the historical antecedents of contemporary theatre and the important place of the audience in live theatre. As one of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, theatre at GW is vibrantly interdisciplinary, regularly interacting with programs in music, English, fine arts, anthropology and women’s studies.


Based in the Department of Anthropology in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the linguistics program’s interdepartmental minor includes course offerings in anthropology, classics, speech and hearing and East Asian and Romance languages. By combining courses from these areas, the program offers traditional approaches to linguistics, as well as those that focus on the social effects of language use. We seek both to describe language patterns and to explain the way those patterns exert an influence on human thought and action.

Japanese Language and Literature

The Japanese program equips students with oral and written proficiency in Japanese and an understanding of Japanese history, literature and culture through language, literature and film courses. The program is housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.