An innovative department with 12 core faculty and 20 affiliated faculty members, American Studies teaches interdisciplinary cultural analysis with approaches from anthropology, architectural history, art history, English, film studies, folk life, geography, media studies, history, performance studies and political theory. Undergraduate studies focus on politics and culture, especially issues of religion, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Students make global connections with the African Diaspora, the Middle East and Latin America.
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.
GW’s program in Chinese language and literature equips students with an oral and written proficiency in Chinese and an understanding of Chinese history, literature and culture through language, literature and film courses.
Students encounter the ideas of ancient thinkers, study ancient history on the Acropolis in Athens, learn about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and follow the adventures of the gods in mythology. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures, the program provides students with a greater understanding of the modern world by concentrating on the sources and values of Western civilization.
Students explore how people find meaning in an abstract world, how this meaning creates alternatives, how to decide on a meaningful course of action, how to live with the choices we make and how we share these choices with others. Communication events are examined intrapersonally, didactically, in small groups, in organizations, across cultures and in public settings.
Students can study literature and creative writing with renowned scholars and award-winning authors in GW’s English program. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ arts and humanities program, the Department of English fosters critical reflection on literature and culture, connecting reading practices with lucid writing and persuasive argumentation. Students explore issues including community, creativity, cultural conflict and history within an extraordinary range of texts.
A truly international language, French is spoken in 53 countries by nearly 200 million speakers. A thorough knowledge of French language and Francophone cultures opens opportunities to students who will live and work in an increasingly global society. French is part of the arts and humanities discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
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.
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.
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.
The language and literature of Italy have played a key role in world culture, politics and commerce. One of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program exposes students to Italian culture through study of its language, literature and film traditions while developing students’ critical thinking, writing skills and awareness of intercultural exchange.
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.
The program equips students with an oral and written proficiency in Korean and an understanding of Korean history, literature and culture through language, literature and film courses. Korean Language and Literature is part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.
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.
Read Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Pushkin. Watch Russian films and TV programs. Get access to countless multimedia sites. GW’s Russian program, which is one of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, takes students on a journey through Russia, from its ancient origins to present day.
From beginning language to advanced literature and culture, the program offers a range of courses designed to enhance students’ understanding of the central role that the Spanish language and its related cultures in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean have played in shaping today’s world. The Spanish program is part of the Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
Whether learning about communication sciences or the relationship between language and society, students studying speech and hearing sciences at GW receive in-depth knowledge of all aspects of communication. As part of the social and behavioral sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program provides deep knowledge of language and communication, including the consequences of speech and hearing challenges on individuals and society and the treatment of communication impairments.