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: or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

39 credits, including one 3-credit required course, 32 credits in selected courses, and 4 credits in elective courses.

Production design
CTAD 1330Basics of Production Design
Dance technique
15 credits in courses selected from the following:
CTAD 1152Beginning Modern/Postmodern Dance
CTAD 1153Beginning/Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance
CTAD 1170Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance I
CTAD 1171Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance II
CTAD 2172Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
CTAD 2173Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
CTAD 3174Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
CTAD 3175Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
Creative process, performance, and theory
17 credits in courses selected from the following:
CTAD 2180Movement Improvisation/Performance
CTAD 2185Trends in Performance - Action into Art
CTAD 2192Repertory/Performance
CTAD 3157Career Strategies for the Dance Artist
CTAD 3182Dance Composition I
CTAD 3183Dance Composition II
CTAD 4184Choreography and Performance
4 credits in elective courses selected from the following:
CTAD 1000Dean's Seminar
CTAD 1015Understanding Dance
CTAD 1151Beginning/Intermediate Ballet
CTAD 2160Intermediate Ballet
CTAD 2188African Dance
CTAD 2191Dance History
or CTAD 2191W Dance History
CTAD 2193Dance Styles I
CTAD 2194Dance Styles II
CTAD 2195WGlobal Dance History
CTAD 2339Theatre Practicum
CTAD 3186Embodied Kinesis for Dance
CTAD 3331Introduction to Lighting
CTAD 4595Selected Topics
or CTAD 4595 Selected Topics
CTAD 4596Independent Study
CTAD 4598Internship
CTAD 4599Honors Thesis

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 in Theatre or Dance, students must have a grade-point average of 3.4 in the major and complete TRDA 4599 Honors Thesis with a grade of A. They must consult a faculty advisor at the beginning of the second semester of the junior year to determine eligibility, area of study, and the director of the research or creative project.