For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gwadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-6040

Required
Any one introductory, non-creative writing course at the 1000 level. Suggested courses include:
ENGL 1000Dean's Seminar
ENGL 1050Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 1300The Bible as Literature
ENGL 1305Colonial/Post-Colonial British Literature
ENGL 1315Literature and the Financial Imagination
ENGL 1320Literature of the Americas
or ENGL 1320W Literature of the Americas
ENGL 1330Myths of Britain
or ENGL 1330W Myths of Britain
ENGL 1340Essential Shakespeare
or ENGL 1340W Essential Shakespeare
ENGL 1351Shakespeare Seminar
ENGL 1360Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
ENGL 1365Literature and the Environment
ENGL 1370Topics in Global Cinema
One course in creative writing at the 1000 or 2000 level. Suggested courses include:
ENGL 1210Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2210Techniques in Creative Writing
ENGL 2240Play Analysis
ENGL 2460Fiction Writing
ENGL 2470Poetry Writing
ENGL 2560Intermediate Fiction Writing
ENGL 2570Intermediate Poetry Writing
Two introductory survey courses at the 2000 level. Suggested courses include:
ENGL 2100Introduction to Asian American Studies through Literature
ENGL 2410Introduction to English Literature I
or ENGL 2410 Introduction to English Literature I
ENGL 2411Introduction to English Literature II
or ENGL 2411W Introduction to English Literature II
ENGL 2510Introduction to American Literature I
or ENGL 2510W Introduction to American Literature I
ENGL 2511Introduction to American Literature II
or ENGL 2511W Introduction to American Literature II
ENGL 2610Introduction to Black Literature of America I
or ENGL 2610W Introduction to Black Literature of America I
ENGL 2611Introduction to Black Literature of America II
or ENGL 2611 Introduction to Black Literature of America II
ENGL 2710Postcolonialism, Race, and Gender in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
or ENGL 2710W Postcolonialism, Race, and Gender in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
ENGL 2711Postcolonialism and Migration in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
or ENGL 2711W Postcolonialism and Migration in Global Anglophone Literature and Film
ENGL 2712Bollywood Cinema
or ENGL 2712W Bollywood Cinema
ENGL 2830Introduction to Tragedy
ENGL 2840Introduction to Comedy
One course in critical theory:
ENGL 2800Introduction to Critical Theory
or ENGL 2800W Introduction to Critical Theory
One minority/diversity course at the 3000 level. Suggested courses include:
ENGL 3570Nineteenth-Century Black Literature
ENGL 3660Twentieth-Century Irish Literature I
ENGL 3661Twentieth-Century Irish Literature II
or ENGL 3661W Twentieth-Century Irish Literature I
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
or ENGL 3730W Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGL 3800The Literature of Hawaii
ENGL 3826Toni Morrison and William Faulkner
ENGL 3840Gender and Literature
or ENGL 3840W Gender and Literature
ENGL 3850Ethnicity and Place in American Literature
ENGL 3910Disability Studies
ENGL 3912Disability and the Holocaust
ENGL 3920U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3930Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
or ENGL 3930W Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3940Topics in African American Literary Studies
ENGL 3945African American Poetry
ENGL 3950Cultural Theory and Black Studies
ENGL 3960Asian American Literature
or ENGL 3960W Asian American Literature
ENGL 3965Topics in Asian American Cultural Studies
ENGL 3970Jewish American Literature
or ENGL 3970W Jewish American Literature
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
or ENGL 3980W Queer Studies
Electives
Four additional ENGL courses (12 credits) at the 3000 level, excluding creative writing courses. Up to two of these courses may be taken in foreign literature if determined to be equivalent to 3000-level English courses by the English Director of Undergraduate Advising.

With departmental approval, courses with appropriate subject matter may be substituted for those specified above. A single course may fulfill only one requirement.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must apply in writing in the spring semester of the junior year; and they must have a GPA of 3.25 in courses in the English Department at the time of applying. Candidates take ENGL 4040 Honors Seminar in the fall semester of the senior year and ENGL 4250 Honors Thesis in the spring semester. Candidates must earn an A or A− on the Honors Thesis and have achieved a 3.4 grade-point average in courses in the English Department.