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)

Criminal Justice

Noncredit

The number "2" Two-week program

calendar icon  June 30— July 12, 2019

In Washington, D.C., students are in close proximity to the greatest concentration of federal crime labs and investigatory agencies in the world. In this course, students will examine the fields of criminology and criminal justice through the analysis of processes, procedure and ethics as they come to understand the impact of different forms of criminal justice on society and the individual.

Criminal Justice class listening to a presentation by a bombsquad

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.

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)

ARAB 2002: Intermediate Arabic II (4 Credits)

Four credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Continuation of Intermediate Arabic I. Further development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills of Arabic in culturally appropriate and proficiency-oriented contexts.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Arabic I, Intensive Elementary Arabic II or appropriate Foreign Language Placement exam results.

FREN 1002: Basic French II (4 credits)

Four credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Speaking and writing in French about past and future events: telling a story (narrating and describing in the past), promising, predicting and proposing simple hypotheses and conjectures.

Prerequisites: Basic French I or appropriate Foreign Language Placement exam results.

FREN 1004: Intermediate French II

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Consolidation and further expansion of the ability to understand as well as produce a more complex level of oral and written discourse emphasizing subjective expression: issuing indirect commands and requests; giving opinions; making proposals, building arguments; defending and criticizing ideas. Laboratory fee will apply.

Prerequisites: FREN 1003 or appropriate Foreign Language Placement exam results.

FREN 2006: Language, Culture & Society

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Continued expansion of the range and complexity of conversational skills and further development of the writing of effective expository prose on a broad range of contemporary subjects. Short texts serve as the basis for oral discussion, analytical reading, and writing brief critical essays. Laboratory fee. Students must take a French placement exam.

HIST 1011: World History, 1500-Present

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

computer graphic Online Sessions: May 21—June 30, 2018; July 2—August 11, 2018

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.

HIST 1120: European Civilization in Its World Context

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Introduction to the history of Europe, emphasizing primary sources and their interpretation. From the beginning of written culture through 1715.

PSTD 1010: Introduction to Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

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.

REL 1003: Introduction to World Religions

Three credits

the number six Six-week programs

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

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.

SOC 2101: Social Research Methods

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Introduction to basic research methods in sociology. Topics include research design, sampling, measurement and analysis of survey data via computer application.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Sociology or The Sociological Imagination.

SPAN 1014: Intermediate Spanish II

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Development of intermediate functional and communicative proficiency in Spanish; listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence. Students must take a placement exam.

SPAN 2006: Advanced Spanish II

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Development of advanced Spanish proficiency, with a focus on argumentative speaking and writing. Development of cross-cultural competence and analysis of historical, social, and cultural practices and perspectives of Spanish-speaking societies. Students must take a placement exam.

ANTH 1002: Sociocultural Anthropology

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon  July 1—August 10, 2019

Computer graphic Online Session: May 21—June 30, 2019

Survey of the world’s cultures, illustrating the principles of cultural behavior.

ANTH 1004: Language in Culture & Society

the letter "A" with a checkmark Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer icon  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

Comparison and analysis of how cultures use language to communicate. The relationship of language to issues of human nature, gender, race, class, artistic expression and power.

CSCI 1030: Technology and 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 1710W: Introduction to Postcolonial Literature & Film

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

Introduction to postcolonial literature from the perspectives of colonizer and colonized in Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Anglophone Africa and the Caribbean region; literature written on the wing, in diaspora.

GEOG 1001: Introduction to Human Geography

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  July 2—August 11, 2018

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

computer icon  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018; July 2—August 11, 2018

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

HIST 1011: World History, 1500-Present

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

computer graphic Online Sessions: May 21—June 30, 2018; July 2—August 11, 2018

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.

HIST 1310: Introduction to American History

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic Online course

calendar icon May 21—June 30, 2018; July 2—August 11, 2018

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

computer graphic  Online course

  May 21—June 30, 2018; July 2—August 11, 2018

American foreign relations in the 20th century.

LATN 1001: Beginning Latin I (4 credits)

Four credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

Grammatical essentials of Latin, appropriate reading selections, development of English derivatives, introduction to Roman life and literature.

PHIL 2131: Ethics: Theory and Application

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  July 2—August 11, 2018

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

PHIL 2132W: Social & Political Philosophy

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  July 2—August 11, 2018

Philosophical theories about how economic, political, legal and cultural institutions should be arranged. Topics include the meaning and significance of liberty, the legitimate functions of government, the nature of rights, the moral significance of social inequality and the meaning of democracy.

LATN 1002: Beginning Latin II (4 credits)

Four credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  July 2—August 11, 2018

Grammatical essentials of Latin, appropriate reading selections, development of English derivatives, introduction to Roman life and literature.

Prerequisites: Beginning Latin I or appropriate Foreign Language Placement exam results.

PHIL 2045: Introduction to Logic

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  July 2—August 11, 2018

Introduction to the philosophy of love, sex and friendship through historical and contemporary texts. The differences between love and friendship, whether love and friendship require an ethical justification, and feminist approaches to sex and sexuality.

PHIL 2140: Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Friendship

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  July 2—August 11, 2018

Introduction to the philosophy of love, sex and friendship through historical and contemporary texts. The differences between love and friendship, whether love and friendship require an ethical justification, and feminist approaches to sex and sexuality.

STAT 1053: Introduction to Statistics in Social Science

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  July 2—August 11, 2018

Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (1 hour). Frequency distributions, descriptive measures, probability, sampling, estimation, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation, with applications to social sciences.