Communications & Arts

Student writing in Union Station

Pre-College communications and arts courses come in a variety of topics, ranging from photojournalism to public policy.

GW draws on its creative, intellectual and technological resources to provide arts, English, communications and writing courses in a variety of formats.

On-campus and online courses are available for credit, while our noncredit offerings focus on experiential learning environments, connecting students with relevant institutions and experts in their respective fields.

All course offerings are subject to cancellation.

One-Week Summer Exposure (noncredit)

Social Justice and Activism

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 14—19, 2019

Washington, D.C. is the heart of the legislative processes and social movements that influence structural, cultural and ideological change. This course introduces students to questions, opportunities and roadblocks faced by civic and global leaders while aiming to expand their leadership capacity teaching them to translate their values and ideas into action. Students explore topics such as grass root organization activism works by looking at Washington DC and how activism in DC and elsewhere has shaped social change.

Social Justice Students on tour of the US Capitol Building

Two-Week Summer Immersion (noncredit)

Political Communication

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

Washington, D.C. allows students to study the interplay of media, public affairs and politics. In this course, students will critically investigate and explore the role media plays in civic and political life. They will also focus on understanding communication, news production, media law, history and ethics through analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills that allow our students access to how to use media and new information technology to create and deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.

Young female student participating in a mock trial

Public Policy on Capital Hill

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

Public policy is the way in which public issues are addressed through modifying existing laws and regulations or creating new ones altogether. In this course, students will think strategically, creatively and critically about current issues shaping the public debate, and learn to analyze and evaluate policies and programs in pursuit of public interest.

Students with a view of the US Capitol building

College Intensive (credit)

MUS 1104: Popular Music and Hip Hop Culture

Three credits

the number 6 Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Rotating set of special topics lectures, including topics on American music and musical life in Washington, D.C.

SPHR 1011: Voice and Diction

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Development of naturalness, correctness and clarity in conversation through the study of phonetics, rate, volume, pitch and quality in preparation for performance.

Laboratory fee will apply.

CSCI 1030: Technology & Society

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic Online course

calendar icon July 2—August 11, 2018

Historical, social and ethical issues of the technological age. Ethical principles and skills and social analysis skills needed to evaluate the design and implementation of complex computer systems. Privacy, computer crime, equity, intellectual property, professional ethics. Data collection, analysis and presentation; technical writing and oral communication skills.

ENGL 1411W: Introduction to English Literature

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

Computer graphic Online course

calendar icon July 2—August 11, 2018

Representative works by major British authors studied in their historical context; discussion of recurrent themes and introduction to various types and forms of imaginative literature; 19th and 20th centuries.

ENGL 2470: Poetry Writing

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer icon Online Course: July 2—August 11, 2018

The writing of poetry.

SMPA 2120: Public Opinion

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

Key aspects of the literature on public opinion, with emphasis on the role of media in opinion formation and change. Topics include the meaning of public opinion in a democratic society, a review of methods used to measure opinions and media effects on opinion.

TRDA 2191W: Dance History

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic Online Course

calendar icon July 2—August 11, 2018

The history of Western theatrical dance from the late 18th century to the present. The major choreographers and their dance works through readings, lectures, video and discussion.