History & Humanities

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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.

Summer Immersion (noncredit)

Social Change & Leadership

Noncredit

The number "2" Two-week program

calendar icon  July 1—13, 2018

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. It will expand their leadership capacity and teach them to translate their values and ideas into action to create the change they want to see in their communities.

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Making History: Transformative Leaders

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 29—August 10, 2018

Were you born a leader or do you transform into one? In this course, students will engage in a series of lectures, guided interaction, and experiential learning to explore the principles of global leadership. Using their learned skills in individual and group leadership, students will be able to hone in their decision-making, strategic and management skills, thus influencing and affecting change in their communities.

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College Intensive (credit)

ANTH 1002: Sociocultural Anthropology

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon  July 1—August 10, 2018

Computer graphic Online Session: May 21—June 30, 2018

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

ARAB 1002: Beginning Arabic II (4 credits)

Four credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading and writing of Modern Standard Arabic. Laboratory Fee applies.

Prerequisites: ARAB 1001 or appropriate Foreign Language Placement exam results.

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.

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 1002: The Sociological Imagination

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Using the sociological imagination students gain experience making connections between "personal trouble" and "public issues." An introduction to sociology that engages students in field-related topics such as race, gender, inequality and education.

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.

AMST 1070: The American Cinema

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer icon  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

History and criticism of American films. The course enables the student to recognize and evaluate cinema techniques, to express the evaluation clearly in writing, and to understand the role of films in the context of American culture. Laboratory fee.

ANTH 1002: Sociocultural Anthropology

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon  July 1—August 10, 2018

Computer graphic Online Session: May 21—June 30, 2018

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 1051: Introduction to Philosophy

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

Readings from major philosophers and study of their positions on the most basic questions of human life. Topics include such issues as: What is justice? What is knowledge? What is reality? Does God exist? What is the mind? Do humans have free will?

PHIL 1062: Philosophy and Film

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

Philosophical problems and theories of perception, meaning, personal identity and moral agency and their illustration in the context of cinema. Cinema and its derivatives (TV, video) as prime routes to experience of the natural and social.

PHIL 2125W: Philosophy of Race and Gender

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

A theoretical examination of the bodily, social, discursive and political effects of patriarchy, racism and classism.

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.

PSC 2230: Law and Justice: The View from Hollywood

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar graphic  May 21—June 30, 2018

Analysis of films that focus on justice, the law and the legal system. Consideration of what they tell us about political and legal culture and what messages they may have for contemporary legal issues. Focus on the relationship between law and justice, the practice of law and the role of courts and trials in a political system.

Prerequisites: Introduction to American Politics and Government.

SOC 1001: Introduction to Sociology

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic  Online course

calendar icon  May 21—June 30, 2018

A broad overview of the "sociological imagination" as a way of understanding social issues and personal experience; sociology’s place among the social sciences; basic elements of sociological perspectives.

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 informal logic, scientific argument and formal logic. The informal logic component focuses on 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.

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.