G-PAC

The General Education Curriculum - Perspective, Analysis, Communication (G-PAC) educates students to engage in active intellectual inquiry by developing analytical skills, communication skills, and diverse perspectives.

Across a range of disciplines, students acquire enhanced analytic skills in quantitative and scientific reasoning and critical and creative thinking, along with a global and cross-cultural perspective, local/civic engagement, and effective communication skills.


About G-PAC

G-PAC includes 24 credits of approved Analytic courses which achieve learning goals in a range of disciplines:

  • 3 credits in mathematics or statistics—quantitative reasoning
  • 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences—scientific reasoning
  • 6 credits in social sciences—quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking
  • 6 credits in humanities—critical or creative thinking
  • 3 credits in art (visual, performing, critical, or historical practices)—critical or creative thinking

Of the Analytic courses, students must take two of the following Perspective courses:

  • One that includes a global or cross-cultural perspective, and
  • One that includes local/civic engagement

Students must take the following Communication courses to demonstrate both written and oral communication skills:

  • UW 1020 and two Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses
  • UW 1020 must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and each WID also needs to be completed before the next; all in separate semesters
  • One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analytic and/or Perspective course work
  • The Oral communication course may count toward the Analytic, Perspective, and major requirements

G-PAC Policies

  • Students admitted to GW in the Fall 2011 or later follow the G-PAC curriculum
  • Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major
  • Credit by examination (AP, IB, etc.) and transfer credit cannot be used to fulfill any part of G-PAC
  • Courses taken prior to the semester they were approved for G-PAC do not count towards G-PAC
  • New transfer students, internal transfer students from another GW school, and re-admitted students should see their academic advisor to review how their course work will apply to the G-PAC