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GW Academics

Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal.

GW does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP creditbut not IB credits. GW does not offer classes during the summer.

Around 85% of students who started college at GW complete all the credits required within six years.

GW offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Are Required at GW?

GW has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are not required to fulfill a lanuage requirement, but there is a math and science requirement. Students do not have to take a computer class.

Majors at GW

When choosing a major, GW students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at GW below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. GW does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does GW Offer Learning Disability Services?

GW offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does GW Have An Online Program?

GW has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does GW Give AP Credit?

GW offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does GW Have An Honors Program?

GW offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does GW Require Internships?

GW does not require an internship for any students. Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While GW does not require internships for students in any majors, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

GW has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at GW include: - an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

Dual Degree Programs at GW

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

GW offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in engineering - 3-2 dual degree program in business administration - Chemical toxicology, art therapy, economics, engineering economics, operations research

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GW Majors & Subject Areas

Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering, General
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Arabic Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law
International Law and Legal Studies
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Support Services, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
General Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Molecular Biology
Microbiology, General
Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Genetics
Human/Medical Genetics
Genome Sciences/Genomics
Exercise Physiology
Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Medicine
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Financial Mathematics
Statistics, General
Statistics, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Museology/Museum Studies
Science, Technology and Society
International/Global Studies
Sustainability Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Religion/Religious Studies
Hindu Studies
Islamic Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Clinical Psychology
Health/Medical Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminalistics and Criminal Science
Securities Services Administration/Management
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Human Services, General
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
International Policy Analysis
Physical and Biological Anthropology
Economics, General
Development Economics and International Development
International Economics
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
International Relations and Affairs
National Security Policy Studies
Political Science and Government, General
American Government and Politics (United States)
Social Sciences, Other
Digital Arts
Dance, General
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Documentary Production
Art/Art Studies, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Music, General
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Other
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Dental Clinical Sciences, General
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Clinical Research Coordinator
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Physician Assistant
Athletic Training/Trainer
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other
Blood Bank Technology Specialist
Hematology Technology/Technician
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Public Health, General
Environmental Health
Public Health Education and Promotion
International Public Health/International Health
Health Services Administration
Public Health, Other
Art Therapy/Therapist
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Nursing Administration
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
Nursing Education
Nursing Practice
Palliative Care Nursing
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Project Management
Organizational Leadership
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Public Finance
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Meeting and Event Planning
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Organizational Behavior Studies
Human Resources Development
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
History, General
American History (United States)
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Environmental Studies
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture
Real Estate Development
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
European Studies/Civilization
Latin American Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Women's Studies
Communication, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Public Relations/Image Management
Political Communication
Health Communication
International and Intercultural Communication
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies
Computer Science
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Educational/Instructional Technology
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
International and Comparative Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Education, Other

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