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University Bulletin: Graduate Programs The George Washington University  



This section provides listings and descriptions of graduate courses offered by the departments and programs of the GW schools included in this Bulletin.

Degree requirements of departments and programs in Columbian College of Arts and Sciences appear under the department or program heading; degree requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the School of Business, and the Elliott School of International Affairs appear under the respective school’s section. For programs offered through the Graduate School of Political Management, see Political Management; for other programs offered by the College of Professional Studies, see Professional Studies.

To determine the content of required or prerequisite courses below the 6000 level, see the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin.

The number of credit hours given for the satisfactory completion of a course is indicated after the title of the course. An academic-year course giving 3 credits each semester is marked (3–3).

The term academic year is used with two-semester courses and generally indicates that the first half of the course is to be offered in the fall semester and the second half in the spring semester. Few offerings for the summer sessions are listed in this Bulletin; consult for additional summer offerings. Schedules of Classes are available online at

Note that prerequisites indicated near the end of course descriptions are often followed by the phrase or equivalent, although this should be understood in all cases; academic departments may require faculty approval of equivalent prerequisites. Prerequisites that pertain to many or all of a department’s courses appear in a note preceding either the department’s full course list or the set of courses concerned.

The courses as listed here are subject to change. The University reserves the right to withdraw any course announced or to add course fees.

Key to Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used for course designations. (The list excludes designations for courses limited to students in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing.)

ACA               Classical Acting

Accy                Accountancy

AfSt                Africana Studies

AmSt              American Studies

Anat                Anatomy

Anth               Anthropology

ApSc               Applied Science

Arab               Arabic

AH                  Art History

ArTh              Art Therapy

Astr                 Astronomy

Bioc                 Biochemistry

BiSc                Biological Sciences

BmSc              Biomedical Sciences

Bios                 Biostatistics

BAdm             Business Administration

Chem              Chemistry

Chin                Chinese

CE                  Civil Engineering

Clas                 Classical Studies

CPS                College of Professional Studies

CCAS             Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Comm             Communication

CSci                Computer Science

Cnsl                Counseling

CPed               Curriculum and Pedagogy

DnSc               Decision Sciences

EALL             East Asian Languages and Literatures

Econ               Economics

Educ               Educational Leadership

ECE                Electrical and Computer Engineering

EHS                Emergency Health Services

EMSE             Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Engl                English

EAP                English for Academic Purposes

EnRP              Environmental Resource Policy

Epid                Epidemiology

ExSc               Exercise Science

Film                Film Studies

Fina                Finance

FA                   Fine Arts

ForP               Forensic Psychology

ForS                Forensic Sciences

Fren                French

Geog               Geography

Geol                Geological Sciences

Ger                 German

Grek               Greek

PSHC             Health Care Corporate Compliance

HSci                Health Sciences

HSML            Health Services Management and Leadership

HlWl               Health and Wellness

Hebr               Hebrew

Hist                 History

HomP             Hominid Paleobiology

Honr               Honors

HDev              Human Development

HOL               Human and Organizational Learning

HmSr              Human Services

ISTM              Information Systems and Technology Management

IntD                Interior Architecture and Design

IAff                 International Affairs

IBus                International Business

Ital                  Italian

Japn                Japanese

JStd                Judaic Studies

Kor                 Korean

PSLD              Landscape Design

Latn                Latin

Law                Law

PSLM             Law Firm Management

LgAf               Legislative Affairs

LSPA              Lifestyle, Sport, and Physical Activity

Ling                Linguistics

Mgt                 Management

Mktg               Marketing

MBAd            Master of Business Administration

Math               Mathematics

MAE               Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Micr                Microbiology and Immunology

PSMB             Molecular Biotechnology

MMed             Molecular Medicine

MStd               Museum Studies

Mus                 Music

NSc                 Naval Science

OrSc               Organizational Sciences

PSLX              Paralegal Studies

Path                Pathology

PStd                Peace Studies

Pers                 Persian

Phar                Pharmacology

Phil                 Philosophy

Phys                Physics

Phyl                Physiology

PMgt               Political Management

PPsy                Political Psychology

PSc                  Political Science

Port                 Portuguese

PsyD               Professional Psychology

Psyc                Psychology

PubH              Public Health

PSPL              Public Leadership

PPPA              Public Policy/Public Administration

PSPR              Public Relations

PSPB              Publishing

Rel                  Religion

Rom                Romance Literatures

SEAS              School of Engineering and Applied Science

SMPA             School of Media and Public Affairs

PSSL              Security and Safety Leadership

Slav                 Slavic

Soc                  Sociology

Span               Spanish

SpEd               Special Education

SpHr               Speech and Hearing

Stat                 Statistics

SMPP             Strategic Management and Public Policy

Sust                 Sustainability

TrDa               Theatre and Dance

TStd                Tourism Studies

Turk               Turkish

Univ                University

UW                 University Writing

Viet                 Vietnamese

WLP               Women’s Leadership Programs

WStu              Women’s Studies

Ydsh               Yiddish

Explanation of Course Numbers

The following numbering system is used. Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses; those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work; those in the 5000s are special courses or part of special programs available to all students as part of ongoing curriculum innovation; those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students. The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office.

Double-numbered courses are generally numbered consecutively (e.g., 6342–43). In a small number of cases, however, a set of courses is intended to be taken in sequence, has a single title and description, but carries non-consecutive numbers; in such a case, the second number appears directly below the first. This should be noted, because the department’s courses may therefore be listed non-consecutively.


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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.