ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Mission Statement of The George Washington University
The George Washington University, an independent academic institution chartered by the Congress of the United States in 1821, dedicates itself to furthering human well-being. The University values a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas.
The George Washington University, centered in the national and international crossroads of Washington, D.C., commits itself to excellence in the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge.
To promote the process of lifelong learning from both global and integrative perspectives, the University provides a stimulating intellectual environment for its diverse students and faculty. By fostering excellence in teaching, the University offers outstanding learning experiences for full-time and part-time students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in Washington, D.C., the nation, and abroad. As a center for intellectual inquiry and research, the University emphasizes the linkage between basic and applied scholarship, insisting that the practical be grounded in knowledge and theory. The University acts as a catalyst for creativity in the arts, the sciences, and the professions by encouraging interaction among its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the communities it serves.
The George Washington University draws upon the rich array of resources from the National Capital Area to enhance its educational endeavors. In return, the University, through its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, contributes talent and knowledge to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of January 2013. 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.
Program information needed to fulfill a major appears under the name of the department or program concerned in Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. For the School of Business, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and the School of Public Health and Health Services, program information appears under the school’s entry.
Depending on the degree program, students must fulfill program requirements stated in the bulletin in effect at the time they matriculate or declare their major. Any subsequent changes in programs that may appear in future bulletins do not affect the program a student has already entered.
The entries under Courses of Instruction represent departments and programs, rather than all categories of courses taught. For example, to find Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese courses, look under East Asian Languages and Literatures. There are many cross-references to help the reader.
The George Washington University is accredited by its regional accrediting agency, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The University is on the approved list of the American Association of University Women and is a member of the College Board.
The Law School is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences has had continuous approval by its accrediting body, which is currently the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, sponsored jointly by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The clinical laboratory science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited the programs in sonography and physician assistant. The physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
In the School of Nursing, the B.S.N., M.S.N., and D.N.P. are accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing.
In the School of Public Health and Health Services, the public health programs have full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. The program in health services administration is accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration. The program in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
In the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Bachelor of Science programs in civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The Bachelor of Science computer science curriculum is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is a charter member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education for its eligible master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs; the master’s programs in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling and the doctoral program in counseling are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; the master’s program in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.
The School of Business is a member of AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the Association accredits its undergraduate and graduate business administration and accountancy programs. The programs in accountancy satisfy the educational requirements for the Certified Public Accountant and the Certified Management Accountant professional examinations.
The Elliott School of International Affairs is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.
In Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the B.F.A. and M.F.A. in interior architecture and design are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The Department of Chemistry is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society. The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology and the Psy.D. program are on the approved list of the American Psychological Association. The M.A. program in speech–language pathology is accredited by the Education and Training Board of the Boards of Examiners in Speech–Language Pathology and Audiology. The M.P.A. and M.P.P. programs are on the approved list of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.