GW’s Anthropology program includes four concentrations. Biological anthropology explores human evolution, anatomy and primatology. Sociocultural anthropology examines the role culture plays in shaping human action. Linguistic anthropology considers the role of language in human thought. And archaeology examines both human origins and more recent issues of state formation and urbanization. In our teaching and research, we collaborate with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, as well as departments within the university.
Students learn about ancient peoples and civilizations and conduct field work in remote locales as well as in the D.C. area. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program combines anthropology, art history, classics and history. It offers one of the few bachelor's degrees in the discipline nationwide.
Athletic trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.
The study of economics investigates the consequences of scarcity, which forces people, organizations and governments to choose among competing objectives. Economics looks at these choices and how they affect the production of goods and services, market prices, national output, unemployment, inflation, economic growth and the use and distribution of resources within and across nations.
Part of GW’s Department of Geography in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the environmental studies program offers coursework related to sustainability with an emphasis on the science of the environment. It includes a variety of offerings in the social sciences, physical and life sciences, and the humanities. The program serves as preparation for analyzing broad-based environmental and development policy, both domestically and internationally.
GW’s program offers outstanding educational and professional opportunities. We prepare undergraduates to become skilled in the basic exercise and/or nutritional sciences in order for them to practice these skills in a laboratory-, clinic-, school-, or community-based environment.
A geographic information system (GIS) captures, analyzes, stores and presents data linked to location. Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Geography, the geographic information systems program covers geographic data acquisition, geospatial database construction and management, spatial analysis and geovisualization.
One of the social and behavioral sciences disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GW’s geography program investigates how people in different places interact with the environment and how the environment influences their lives. Geography majors understand society and environmental dynamics, the significance of scale, the uneven distribution of resources and levels of development and the uses of geospatial techniques, including GIS and remote sensing.
One of the most hands-on majors at GW, the human services program helps students become effective leaders to serve people and communities in need. Building upon empathy and commitment to social justice, students actively engage in mentoring, community-based research and service projects. The program is one of the social and behavioral sciences disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
The LGBT and Sexuality Studies Minor is housed in and administered by the Women’s Studies Program. This minor is in keeping with the mission of the Women's Studies program: an interdisciplinary program dedicated to research, teaching, and practice on gender as it intersects with race, class, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other socially important categories. The minor draws on the work of a significant community of faculty working in various parts of LGBT and Sexuality Studies scholarship.
GW’s organizational sciences and communication program ties managerial and executive success to the integration of knowledge in three key areas: strategy and change management, leadership and communication, and performance and talent management.
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/Silver lines) in Arlington, Virginia.
With Capitol Hill nearby and the White House just blocks away, GW is the ideal place to study political science. Students in the program benefit from rigorous study as well as ample opportunities to intern on Capitol Hill or at government agencies. Part of the social and behavioral sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program examines politics in depth on both a national and international scale.
Psychology is one of the most popular majors at GW and the second largest undergraduate program in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. As part of the social and behavioral sciences division within the school, students are exposed to basic psychological theory. They develop research skills and learn how to approach issues within communities and societies.
GW is one of only a handful of schools that offers the full array of public health opportunities for our students; you can major or minor in Public Health, or take advantage of our five-year BS/MPH dual-degree program. Of course, all students may take Public Health classes even if you are not enrolled in one of our programs. Students must apply to our programs.
Students acquire knowledge about human social structure and activity through GW’s sociology program, one of the social and behavioral sciences disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Undergraduates can take a range of courses, from deviant behavior to sociology of sport. By living in a city that offers a rich social laboratory, students receive real-life experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and developing skills in sociological observation and analysis.
Students gain knowledge of contemporary feminist theories and research methods. They experience and participate in the making of women’s history in Washington, D.C. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ arts and humanities programs, women’s studies examines women’s lives, literature, histories and cultures through the lens of feminist theory and practice.