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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.
Students gain a thorough understanding of history and its lessons through GW’s Department of History. The program’s proximity to and partnerships with the National Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Security Archives and the Smithsonian museums make GW an ideal place to take on diverse fields of study, including early modern Europe, America since the Civil War, the international history of the Cold War, the history of colonialism and imperialism and modern East Asia.
The Program in Judaic Studies educates students in the history, languages and cultures of the Jewish people from ancient times through our own. Its interdisciplinary courses, which range from biblical archeology to American Jewish literature and from moral philosophy to material culture, highlight the complexities of the Jewish experience.
In the Peace Studies program, students explore the various meanings of peace, the relationship between peace and conflict and the role of peace on local and international levels. The courses, including “Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies” (PSTD 10) and “Peace Studies Project” (PSTD 190), require students to develop a profound understanding of peace as a concept and as practice. The interdisciplinary Peace Studies program is part of arts and humanities in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
From reading the works of Plato and Aristotle to studying logic and phenomenology, students in the philosophy program are provided a broad-based learning experience. One of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program also examines the intersection of philosophy with other subjects, including law, biomedicine, science and politics. Students bring their passion for philosophy to spirited debates during events organized by the popular Colonial Philosophy Club.
The Police Science program was launched in 2004 as part of GW’s College of Professional Studies. Law enforcement experts teach our courses. Classes are held at GW’s Graduate Education Center, one block from the Virginia Square metro station (orange line) in Arlington, Virginia.
With the inclusion of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity, GW’s non-sectarian program examines various faiths and their impact on contemporary society. Students majoring in religion learn about topics from the abstract to the concrete, including theories in the study of religion and analysis of Hebrew script. Religion is part of the arts and humanities discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.