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.

Colleges & Schools

The GW academic experience is firmly rooted in each of our ten undergraduate and graduate colleges and schools.  Each school has a distinct identity, yet all work together to create a dynamic and interdisciplinary learning environment.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

With a rich and diverse curriculum, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences combines the advantages of a small liberal arts institution with opportunities for internships in a stimulating urban environment and for professional education in many fields.  The college is also home to: 

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities. Our highly respected medical education program is based on a belief in healing with quality, compassion and innovation.

GW Law

GW Law has a broad and diverse curriculum as well as some of the nation’s finest legal scholars. Our students gain excellent analytical, research, writing and advocacy skills that prepare them to join the top ranks in the legal profession.

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Our School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) offers a high quality education along with the opportunity to be part of Washington, D.C.’s active science and engineering community through unique internships and partnerships with federal agencies and high-tech companies.

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Our Graduate School of Education and Human Development is known for its innovative work in fields ranging from infant special education to human resource development.  We are focused on shaping the future.

School of Business

The School of Business offers an excellent education in business and management. Our international business, finance and entrepreneurship/small business programs are renowned. The School prides itself on offering students flexibility in their programs of study.

Elliott School of International Affairs

At the Elliott School, our aim is to make our world a better place. Along with renowned faculty, we offer an incomparable location in the heart of Washington, D.C., the most interesting place in the world to study international affairs.

Milken Institute School of Public Health

The Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital and one of only 39 accredited public health schools in the United States.  Our students come from across the country and around the globe, united by the shared purpose of wanting to make a difference.

College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies designs academic programs with the needs of adult learners and working professionals in mind. We offer innovative programs specifically created to prepare our students to excel in the fast-paced, rapidly changing 21st century workplace.  The college is also home to the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM).

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is home to a dynamic array of on-campus and online academic programs designed to provide students with the clinical skills needed to provide optimal care as well as the critical thinking and leadership skills needed to strengthen and transform health care systems, settings, policies, and practices.

Interior Architecture and Design

GW’s interior architecture and design program offers a comprehensive study of the visual arts as well as in-depth instruction on design theory and technical and problem-solving skills. Students study all types of habitable environments, ranging from small, basic residential spaces to larger, more complex commercial and institutional ones.

German Language and Literature Apply Now

In our rapidly changing world, communication is key to understanding other peoples and cultures. Courses in the German program examine everything from the age of Goethe and the fairy tale to business German and the Berlin Wall. While studying the language and culture of the German-speaking world, students gain important background into political and cultural developments in that world—from the early modern period to the present. German is part of the arts and humanities program in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.