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