Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

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The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
CCAS GWU Logo.png
Motto Deus Nobis Fiducia
(In God Our Trust)
Established 1821
Type Private
Dean Ben Vinson III
Undergraduates 4,933
Postgraduates 1,764
Doctoral students 861
Location Washington, D.C., 20052
Campus Urban — Foggy Bottom
Website columbian.gwu.edu

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the George Washington University's liberal arts and sciences college. The Columbian College bears the original name of the George Washington University when it was chartered by the United States Congress in 1821. It is the largest school at George Washington, with over 5,100 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students, and 42 academic departments, representing the majority of the University's instructional, scholarly and research activity.

History[edit]

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the original college of the George Washington University and one of the oldest colleges in the United States. Founded as the Columbian College on February 9, 1821 by an act of Congress,[1] the college was created as a Baptist institution by Reverend Luther Rice. Originally, the college consisted of two departments: the Theological Department and Classical Department, with individual professors covering other subjects such as mathematics and anatomy.

Old Main Career Center GWU

The college's first class graduated in 1824, where the president presented each of the three graduates with their degree in the presence of the Marquis de Lafayette and college president William Staughton.[1]

With the dawn of the Civil War in 1861, the majority of the students left the college to fight for the Confederacy.

Corcoran Hall, GWU

Schools[edit]

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences houses 42 departments and programs, including:

Undergraduate programs[edit]

While Columbian College was founded in 1821, it awarded its first bachelor's degree in 1824. Today, the Columbian College offers the following in Bachelors of Arts and/or Bachelors of Science degrees:[2]

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Fine Arts
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Pre-Professional Chemistry / Pre-Med
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Early Modern European Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • English and Creative Writing
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • German
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Interior Design
  • Japanese
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Judaic Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Organizational Sciences
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy (Public Affairs)
  • Physics
  • Political Communication
  • Political Science
  • Political Science (Public Policy)
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
  • Women's Studies

Graduate programs[edit]

Ten years after the Columbian College was chartered, the college conferred its first Master of Arts degree in 1831. Columbian College was also one of the first institutions in the United States to award a doctorate, as it did with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1888. However, the graduate program was formally established in 1905. The following majors are offered in MA, MS, and/or PhD degrees:[2]

  • American Studies
    • Folklife
    • Historic Preservation
    • Museum and Material Culture
  • Anthropology
    • Hominid Paleobiology
    • Folklife
    • International Development
    • Museum Training
  • Art Therapy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Chemistry
    • Forensic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
    • English
    • American Literature
  • Environmental and Resource Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Fine Arts & Art History
    • Art History
    • Ceramic/Sculpture
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Museum Training
    • New Media
    • Photography
  • Forensic Sciences
    • Crime Scene Investigation
    • Forensic Chemistry
    • Forensic Molecularbiology
    • Forensic Toxicology
    • High Technology Crime Investigation
    • Security Management
  • Geography
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Global Communications
  • History
    • History
    • History & Public Policy
    • Historic Preservation
    • Imperial & Colonial Studies
    • U.S. Legal History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Interior Design
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics
    • Applied Mathematics
  • Media & Public Affairs
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Museum Studies
  • Organizational Sciences
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy & Social Policy
  • Physics
  • Political Communication
  • Political Science
  • Political Science (Public Policy)
  • Psychology
    • Applied Social Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Professional Psychology
    • Psychology
  • Public Policy
    • Public Policy
    • Public Policy Administration
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
    • Theater Design
    • Classical Acting
  • Women's Studies
    • Public Policy and Women's Studies

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A Brief History of GW". Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Academic Degrees". The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°53′59.7″N 77°2′53.4″W / 38.899917°N 77.048167°W / 38.899917; -77.048167