General Curriculum Requirements

Students admitted prior to Fall 2011

With the exception of entering students in the College’s School of Media and Public Affairs, all candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science are admitted to a general arts and sciences curriculum until they declare a major field.

General Curriculum Requirements (GCRs) were established by the Arts and Sciences faculty as a whole and administered through its elected committees. Students on the GCR track must demonstrate that they have acquired familiarity with the breadth and diversity of the arts and sciences. Students will typically fulfill these requirements by taking the required number of GW courses in seven categories (download worksheet below).

Excluding the University Writing and Writing in the Discipline courses, students may also fulfill these requirements in the following ways: (1) transfer credit for equivalent courses from an accredited institution; (2) credit earned by means of AP, IB, or other nationally approved examination programs; (3) waiver examinations such as SAT or ACT subject tests. (Note: waiver exams do not satisfy the Foreign Languages and Cultures requirement.)  Excluding courses taken to fulfill the Writing in the Discipline requirement under Literacy, no course may fulfill a requirement in more than one of the seven categories.