Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
|Motto||Deus Nobis Fiducia
(In God Our Trust)
|George Washington University|
|Dean||Ben Vinson III|
|Address||801 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20052|
|Campus||Urban — Foggy Bottom|
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 around 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students, and 42 academic departments, representing the majority of the University's instructional, scholarly and research activity.
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, 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.
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.
With the dawn of the Civil War in 1861, the majority of the students left the college to fight for the Confederacy.
The Columbian College contains many research centers and institutes, including the Biostatistics Center.
The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences houses 42 academic departments. The Columbian College is also home to three distinct schools:
- School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA)
- Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
- Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (SPPPA)
Columbian College was founded in 1821 and awarded its first bachelor's degree in 1824. Today, the Columbian College offers the following baccalaureate degrees (either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science):
- American Studies
- Art History
- Fine Arts
- Biological Anthropology
- Pre-Professional Chemistry / Pre-Med
- Classical Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Dramatic Literature
- Early Modern European Studies
- English and Creative Writing
- Environmental Studies
- Fine Arts
- Geological Sciences
- Human Services
- Interior Architecture (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
- Journalism and Mass Communication
- Judaic Studies
- Liberal Arts
- Organizational Sciences
- Peace Studies
- Philosophy (Public Affairs)
- Political Communication
- Political Science
- Political Science (Public Policy)
- Speech and Hearing Science
- Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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.