Elliott School Bachelor of Arts Programs

Liberal Arts Degrees With a Global Focus

The Elliott School offers bachelor of arts degrees in international affairs, Asian studies, Latin American and hemispheric studies, and Middle East studies. All students complete a core curriculum of courses in the liberal arts — humanities, social sciences, math, science, and foreign languages — during the first two years. During the third and fourth years, students take coursework focusing on international issues within their chosen field.

Emphasizing a core curriculum of advanced fundamentals and regional foundations, our International Affairs major allows students to study global issues from the disciplines of political science, history, economics, anthropology, and geography, before focusing their studies through a functional or regional concentration. Our regional majors — Asian studies, Latin American and hemispheric studies, and Middle East studies — emphasize the history, politics, cultures, economics, and current events that shape each of these regions. All majors require language proficiency at or above the third year of college instruction, and many of our students pursue this study through a semester or a year abroad.


University General Education Requirements

For students admitted to GW Fall 2015 or after only.

All students who graduate from GW must meet the University General Education Requirements. (For students admitted to GW Fall 2015 or after only.)  Elliott School students automatically satisfy the University General Education Requirements by completing all of their Elliott School requirements.

The general education curriculum engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, develop communication competencies, and familiarize them with modes of inquiry. Course work for the university general education curriculum includes 19 credits of approved courses in writing, natural or physical science, mathematics or statistics, social science, and the humanities, plus two writing-in-the-discipline courses.

More information about the University General Education Requirements can be found online in the University Bulletin: http://bulletin.gwu.edu/university-regulations/general-education/