History & Humanities

Pre-College students in the Kreeger Museum in DC

GW draws on Washington, D.C.’s deep historical roots to provide culturally-rich courses in history and the humanities.

Course topics include foreign languages, philosophy, world history, religion, leadership and more.

On-campus and online courses are available for credit, while our noncredit offerings focus on experiential learning environments, connecting students with large 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)

Crime Scene Investigation: DC

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 14—26, 2019

In this course, students focus on the fundamentals of investigating elaborate crime scenes and apply state-of-the-art forensic science principles in simulated experiences. Students will be introduced to the critical skills and abilities necessary for future careers such as: investigators, detectives, lawyers, special agents, medico-legal death investigators, crime scene technicians and forensic pathologists.

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Photo of student inspecting a mock crime scene

Psychology: Cognition, Social, and Research Methods

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 28—August 9, 2019

The study of the mind, this course seeks to introduce students to the study of cognition through a review of data and theories on the topics of perception, attention, memory, language, reasoning, and decision making. Emphasizing working with diverse populations and developing strategies to promoting social, emotional, psychological, and physical health students will be challenged to explore how these realms of health impact individuals and families and work through solutions

Students working on an assignment in class

Introduction to Public Health

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 28—August 9, 2019

The next epidemic could wipe out millions in days. Public health scientists are at the frontline to prevent and curtail effects of negative health on populations. This course will serve as an introduction to aspects of public health and health services. Students will delve into topics of health services administration while critically analyzing applications of public health in historical and modern trends in public health nationally and internationally.

Students listening to a presentation by Doctors

College Intensive (credit)

HIST 1011: World History, 1500-Present

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

An introduction to world history over the past half millennium, stressing themes of exchange and integration, tracing the ways various peoples of the world became bound together in a common system.

PSTD 1010: Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Major thinkers and themes in the field of peace studies and conflict resolution. Focus on philosophical and religious foundations of peace and justice movements in the twentieth century. Examination of peace and conflict through an interdisciplinary lens and on personal, local, and international levels.

PSYC 1001. General Psychology

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Fundamental principles underlying human behavior.

REL 1003: Introduction to World Religions

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Introduction to the major religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. Examination of the central aspects of these religions including the doctrinal, ethical, ritual, experiential, and social dimensions. Exploration of similarities and differences between these religious traditions.

ENGL 1210: Introduction to Creative Writing

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

An exploration of genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, and/or playwriting). Basic problems and techniques; examples of modern approaches; weekly writing assignments; workshop and/or conference discussion of student writing.

GEOG 1001: Introduction to Human Geography

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

A systematic survey of human geography; spatial perspectives on demographic, social, cultural, economic, and political changes around the world.

GEOG 2127: Population Geography

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

Patterns of world population; factors contributing to population pressures, growth, and migrations.

HIST 1310: Introduction to American History until 1876

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

The political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States. From the earliest settlements to 1876.

HIST 1311: Introduction to American History (1876-Present)

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

The political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States. From 1876 to present.

HIST 2340: U.S. Diplomatic History

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

American foreign relations in the twentieth century.

PHIL 2045: Introduction to Logic

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

Introduction to informal logic, scientific argument, and formal logic. The informal logic component focuses on the fallacies of reasoning and practical applications of logic. The formal logic component focuses on translation from English into propositional logic, truth tables, and proofs in propositional logic.

PHIL 2131: Ethics: Theory and Applications

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

Examination of leading ethical theories (e.g., utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics), and methodology in ethics. Engagement with contemporary problems.