Updated:  May 20, 2019



**The Columbian College requires 1 Course from this category for graduation**


AH 1020  - INTRO TO WESTERN ART II 4 credits

Continues the study of the most significant monuments of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the Renaissance to the 20th-century. Emphasizes historical context, continuity, and critical analysis. Includes direct contact with works of art in Parisian museums.

GWU Equivalency: AH 1032 Survey: Art & Architecture II


AR 1015  - INTRO TO PAINTING 4 credits

For students with little or no previous experience in drawing or painting. First analyzes still life objects in basic plastic terms starting with value. Concentrates during each class session on a new painterly quality until a sufficient visual vocabulary is achieved so that more complicated subjects such as the nude can be approached. Work will be done in oil.

GWU Equivalency: FA 1401 Painting: Visual Thinking

Course Fee: 52


AR 1061  - DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 4 credits

This introductory course is an exploration of both technical and aesthetic concerns in photography. Using a digital camera, students will produce original work in response to a series of lectures, assignments, and bi-weekly critique classes. The course will cover the fundamentals of photographing with digital SLR’s, and students will learn a range of digital tools including color correction, making selections, working with layers and inkjet printing. After mastering the basics, students will work towards the completion of a final project and the focus of the remaining classes will be on critiques. Students will be asked to make pictures that are challenging in both content and form and express the complex and poetic nature of the human experience.Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.

GWU Equivalency: FA 1502 Color Photography

Course Fee: 175



In this course, students practice writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry while exploring the boundaries between genres. The workshop format includes guided peer critique of sketches, poems, and full-length works presented in class and discussion and analysis of literary models. In Fall, students concentrate on writing techniques. In Spring, the workshop is theme-driven. May be taken twice for credit.

GWU Equivalency: ENGL 1210 Intro to Creative Writing


FM 3074  - ITALIAN CINEMA 4 credits

Focuses on periods when Italian cinema was at the cutting edge of World Cinema. Begins with films such as Fellini's autobiographical Amarcord. Studies silent-era spectacles (Quo Vadis, Cabiria), and Italian film under fascism and its renaissance with Rossellini and De Sica. Examines leading filmmakers including Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti, and Antonioni. Explores Italian comedy, and the links between cinema and society.

GWU Equivalency: ITAL 4183 History of Italian Film




**GW requires 2 Courses from this category for all students for graduation**



AN 1002 (Multiple Sections) - SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 4 credits

Sociocultural anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and cultures.  This course is designed to introduce students to central areas of anthropological inquiry, a range of key theoretical perspectives and the discipline’s holistic approach.  Through field-based research projects, students will also gain familiarity with the discipline’s qualitative research methods (especially participant observation).   While students will encounter the works of key historical figures in the discipline, they will also discover current debates on globalization and transnationalism.   Finally, this course also strives to cultivate students’ ability to reflect critically on their own identities and cultures, thereby gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity and an improved set of intercultural communication skills.

GWU Equivalency: ANTH 1002 Sociocultural Anthropology



The introductory course provides students with basic training in writing and reporting in all forms of journalism, print and online. The course gives students with a grounding in the basic principles and practices of the journalism profession: accuracy, fairness, objectivity. Students will learn journalistic writing techniques as well as style and tone. They will analyze possible sources, define angles, and learn to write a hard news story. The course will provide workshop training for students involved in ASM courses focused on the Peacock Plume website.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU Equivalency: SMPA 2101 Journalism: Theory & Practice


CM 1023 (Multiple Sections) - INTRO TO MEDIA & COMMUNICATION STUDIES 4 credits

This course provides a survey of the media and its function in today’s society. It introduces students to the basic concepts and tools necessary to think critically about media institutions and practices. In addition to the analysis of diverse media texts, the course considers wider strategies and trends in marketing, distribution, audience formation and the consequences of globalization. By semester’s end, students will understand the basic structures of today’s media and be able to provide advanced analysis that weighs the social and political implications of its products.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU Equivalency: SMPA 1050 Media in a Free Society



Concentrates on the principles of communication in public speaking. Students learn and practice strategies and techniques for effective speech preparation and delivery of informative, ceremonial, persuasive, and impromptu speeches, and panel presentations. Helps students sharpen their oral presentation skills, express their meaning clearly, and become accustomed to public speaking.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU Equivalency: COMM 1040 Public Communication


EC 2010 (Multiple Sections) - PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 4 credits

Focuses on the role played by relative market prices in our society and on the forces of market supply and demand in determining these prices. Since the actions of consumers and firms underlie supply and demand, the course studies in detail the behavior of these two groups.

GWU Equivalency: ECON 1011 Principles of Economics I


EC 2020 (Multiple Sections) - PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 4 credits

Examines the determinants of the levels of national income, employment, rates of interest, and prices. Studies in detail the instruments of monetary and fiscal policy, highlighting the domestic and international repercussions of their implementation.

GWU Equivalency: ECON 1012 Principles of Economics II



This course introduces students to the comparative study of politics, focusing on political behavior and the structures and practices that political systems have in common and those that distinguish them. We study different forms of democratic and authoritarian rule, state-society relationships, and key issues of political economy like development and welfare states. While the emphasis is on domestic features, we also analyze the impacts of globalization on national politics.

GWU Equivalency: PSC 1001 Intro to Comparative Politics



This course provides an overview of political communication theories, modes, means and institutions and serves as an introduction to how communication scholars study politics and the media. We will cover prevalent political communication theories and trends, the relationship between political institutions and the press both in the US and in other countries, elections, debates, political campaigning and advertising, new media and politics, political socialization, education, politics and popular culture.

GWU Equivalency: SMPA 2102 Intro toPoliticalCommunication



This course is intended to introduce non-scientists to key concepts and approaches in the study of the environment. With a focus on the scientific method, we learn about natural systems using case studies of disruptions caused by human activity. Topics include global warming, deforestation, waste production and recycling, water pollution, environmental toxins and sustainable development. The relationships between science and policy, the media, and citizen action are also addressed. Must take lab. Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.

GWU Equivalency: GEOG 1003 Society and Environment




**The University General Education program requires 1 Course from this category, while the Columbian College (G-PAC) requires 2 Courses from this category for graduation** 


CL/EN 2052  - ENGLISH LITERATURE SINCE 1800 4 credits

From the Romantic period, covers major examples of: prose - the transition from the 19th century models to Modernist experimentation; poetry - the development of modern poetic form and the fortunes of European hermetic influence in an increasingly politicized century; and drama - examples of absurdist and left-wing drama which have dominated the British stage since the 1950s.

GWU Equivalency: ENGL 2411 Intro to English Literature II


HI 1002  - HISTORY OF WESTERN CIV. FROM 1500 4 credits

Continues History 1001, from the Renaissance and the Reformation through commercialism, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the industrial and social revolutions of the 19th century to nationalism and socialism in the contemporary Western world.

GWU Equivalency: HIST 1120 European Civ in World Context


PL/PO 2003 (Multiple Sections) - POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY 4 credits

Political philosophy forms that branch of philosophy that reflects on the specificity of the political. Why are humans, as Aristotle argued, political animals? How are they political? What are the means and ends of the political, and how best does one organize the political with such questions in mind? The course offers a topic-oriented approach to the fundamental problems underlying political theory and practice.

GWU Equivalency: PHIL 2132 Social & Political Philosophy




**GW requires 1 Course from this category for all students for graduation**


MA 1020 (Multiple Sections) - APPLIED STATISTICS I 4 credits

Introduces the tools of statistical analysis. Combines theory with extensive data collection and computer-assisted laboratory work. Develops an attitude of mind accepting uncertainty and variability as part of problem analysis and decision-making. Topics include: exploratory data analysis and data transformation, hypothesis-testing and the analysis of variance, simple and multiple regression with residual and influence analyses.

GWU Equivalency: STAT 1053 Intro-Stat in Social Science


MA 1030 (Multiple Sections) - CALCULUS I 4 credits

Introduces differential and integral calculus. Develops the concepts of calculus as applied to polynomials, logarithmic, and exponential functions. Topics include: limits, derivatives, techniques of differentiation, applications to extrema and graphing; the definite integral; the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications; logarithmic and exponential functions, growth and decay; partial derivatives. Appropriate for students in the biological, management, computer and social sciences.

Prerequisite: MA1002 OR MA1010GE120 OR MA1010 OR MA1025GE120 OR ELECMA-30

GWU Equivalency: MATH 1231 Single-Variable Calculus I




**GW requires all students to take UW 1020**


EN 1000 (Multiple Sections) - PRINCIPLES OF ACADEMIC WRITING 4 credits

Emphasizes the stages required to produce a polished, articulate essay by practicing the necessary components of excellent academic writing: sharpening critical thinking skills, organizing ideas, choosing appropriate and dynamic words, varying prose style, editing, refining, and proofreading. Although this course carries 4 credits, it does not fulfill the University's English requirement.

Prerequisite: EN0095 OR EN0950

GWU Equivalency: UW 1020 University Writing


EN 1010 (Multiple Sections) - COLLEGE WRITING 4 credits

Taught through thematically-linked works of literature from the Ancient world to the present day. Stresses expository writing, accurate expression, and logical organization of ideas in academic writing. Recent themes include: Childhood, Friendship from Aristotle to Derrida, Social Organization and Alienation, Monstrosity, and Music and Literature. This course satisfies only 4 credits of the University's English requirement.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010

GWU Equivalency: UW 1020 University Writing


EN 2020 (Multiple Sections) - WRITING & CRITICISM 4 credits

A series of topic-centered courses refining the skills of academic essay writing, studying a wide range of ideas as expressed in diverse literary genres and periods. Introduces the analysis of literary texts and gives training in the writing of critical essays and research papers. Recent topics include: Utopia and Anti-Utopia, City as Metaphor, Portraits of Women, Culture Conflict, and Labyrinths.

Prerequisite: EN1010

GWU Equivalency: UW 1020 University Writing



The following courses have been accepted by GW for transfer, however they do not carry any general education credit:



AB 1010  - ELEMENTARY ARABIC I 4 credits

This course is designed to familiarize beginners with the Arabic alphabet system and Arabic writing as well as provide the basis for limited conversation.

GWU Equivalency: ARAB 1099 VT: Elementary Arabic I


AH 1003 (Multiple Sections) - INTRO TO ART THROUGH PARIS MUSEUMS 4 credits

Uses the unsurpassed richness of the art museums of Paris as the principal teaching resource. The history of Western Art is studied through the close examination of a limited selection of major works in a variety of media. The works chosen illuminate the political, social and religious contexts of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and Rococo periods, and the modern epoch. The course has an extra course fee of 35 euros.

GWU Equivalency: AH 1099 VT:Intro to Art Paris Museums

Course Fee: 35


AH 1030  - LES JEUNES ONT LA PAROLE 1 credits

Les Jeunes ont la parole is a program organized by the Louvre Museum, in cooperation with a dozen Parisian educational institutions including The American University of Paris, to attract the younger generation into its venerable walls. As part of the Louvre’s Les Nocturnes du vendredi, participating students dialogue with peers and other museum visitors around a work of art that he or she has studied in depth. A unique hands-on opportunity, the one-credit course involves preparatory meetings, preliminary research, Friday-evening presentations, and a final write-up.

GWU Equivalency: AH 1099 VT: Les Jeunes Ont La Parole


AH 2000 (Multiple Sections) - PARIS THROUGH ITS ARCHITECTURE I 4 credits

Investigates the growth patterns of Paris from Roman times through the Second Empire. Studies major monuments, pivotal points of urban design, and vernacular architecture on site. Presents the general vocabulary of architecture, the history of French architecture and urban planning, as well as a basic knowledge of French history to provide a framework for understanding the development of Paris.

GWU Equivalency: HIST 3101 Topics: Europe



Introduces first the specific contributions of Greek art to the Western tradition. Then presents the diversification of these achievements in the Etruscan civilization and in the Hellenistic age. Examines how the Romans absorbed, continued, and creatively transformed Greek and Etruscan art and passed the ancient heritage on to medieval and early modern Europe. AH 1000 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

GWU Equivalency: AH 1099 VT: Ancient Art & Arch



Surveys notable developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and in Northern Europe (late 13th-16th centuries). Emphasizes the origins of the Renaissance and the basic stylistic evolution from Early to High Renaissance and Mannerism. Explores the ramifications of the Italian Renaissance mode as it came into contact with other historical and cultural traditions in Northern Europe. AH 1000 and AH 1020 are strongly recommended as prerequisites.

GWU Equivalency: AH 3122 Topics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture



This course examines the intersection of food and the senses from an anthropological perspective. We will explore the intersection between food and culture; the impact of social, political and economic contexts on our foods and foodways; French food culture; and taste, cuisine and commensality as forms of inter-cultural communication. Students apply class readings and practice ethnographic methodologies in a few short study trips.

GWU Equivalency: ANTH 1099 Variable Topics


AR 1010  - INTRO TO DRAWING 4 credits

A studio course, which provides an introduction to basic drawing problems for the beginning student interested in developing his or her drawing skills. Subject matter includes still life, portraiture, landscape, and the nude. Mediums introduced are pencil, charcoal, and ink wash.Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.

GWU Equivalency: FA 1301 Drawing Fundamentals

Course Fee: 62


AR 2032  - SCULPTURE II 4 credits

This course will focus on consolidating the basics of sculpture: firstly learning how to build up forms using planes and structure, and secondly mastering the carving technique.  A nude model (male or female) will be posing for the class for at least 4 sessions, so if for any reason whatsoever this is problematic, the student is advised not to take the class. Proportions, measurements and axis will be discussed in detail, and numerous reviews of individual work will take place throughout the semester.  The class will then focus on personal expression by creating from imagination, abstraction and figuration, and by developing an understanding of how to conceive and compose forms in space. The course will emphasize the different techniques not involving an armature. The main material used for sculpture will be clay. We will also study both Henry Moore and his approach to monumental sculpture and Alberto Giacometti’s creative world.   A few excursions will be organized to museums. During these visits students will draw on sketch books with pencils or “sanguine” (red chalk).

GWU Equivalency: FA 2211 Sculpture Fabrication


BA 2001 (Multiple Sections) - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 4 credits

This course introduces students to the financial accounting cycle and financial reporting for corporations. Students learn how to measure and record accounting data and prepare financial statements. At the end of the course, students choose a company and do an analysis of their financial statements, comparing their company against a competitor company, using financial ratios.

GWU Equivalency: ACCY 2001 Intro Financial Accounting



Stimulating the intercultural sensitivity, understanding and managing cultural differences are vital business concerns. This course examines different cultures and mindsets, the fundamental elements of intercultural management, and working in an international context: organization, leadership, multicultural teams, intercultural communication, meetings and presentations, manners and taboos. The impact of cultural differences is examined in key activities (managing, communicating, coaching, decision-making, organizing, controlling); and key situations (meetings, negotiations, presentations, sales calls).

GWU Equivalency: BADM 1099 VT: Intercultural Management


BA 2020 (Multiple Sections) - MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR 4 credits

The course introduces students to basic Management/Organizational Behavior concepts and enables them to understand the attitude and behaviors on the individual level and the group level within organizations. Students will be enabled to use Organizational Behavior tools and theories to recognize organizational patterns within a complex social situation. Students will be provided with readings, lectures, and cases that provide a diverse and robust understanding of human interaction in organization.

GWU Equivalency: BADM 3103 Human Capital in Organizations


BA 2040 (Multiple Sections) - MARKETING IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT 4 credits

This introductory marketing course develops students’ understanding of the principles of marketing and their use in international business. Students learn how to collect and analyze data sets to make marketing decisions with the goal of understanding customers wants, demands, and needs; they learn marketing from a strategic and functional point of view. With a focus on problem solving, students work in multicultural teams cultivating a greater sensitivity to cultural issues while improving communication skills. Students will consider marketing in the French, US, and international marketplace.

GWU Equivalency: IBUS 3201 International Marketing Mgt



The course introduces the foundations of managing creativity and innovation. The readings and discussion will focus on the concepts and frameworks for analysing how firms create, commercialize and capture value from innovative products and services.

The aim of this course is to provide a solid grounding to students interested in managing creativity and the various aspects of the innovation process within organizations. The course is divided into two parts. The first part focuses mainly on the creativity process around three themes: What is creativity? How can creativity be stimulated? How can creative ideas be translated to innovative products and business strategies? Based on major theories in the field, we discuss whether monetary rewards enhance or undermine creativity, how multitasking or working under time pressure affects creativity, what tools we can provide to stimulate creativity, and the challenges that arise when implementing creative ideas in organizations. The second part of the course examines the organizational issues involved in innovating and in implementing innovations. These issues include management of teams and partnerships, learning within and across projects, the manager's role in funding, directing, and killing innovation projects, technological entrepreneurship, and resistance to innovation.

GWU Equivalency: BADM 1099 VT: Creativity & Innnov Mgmt



Introduces the methodology of Gender Studies and the theory upon which it is based. Examines contemporary debates across a range of issues now felt to be of world-wide feminist interest: sexuality, reproduction, production, writing, representation, culture, race, and politics. Encourages responsible theorizing across disciplines and cultures.

GWU Equivalency: WGSS 2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory



Traces the development of Edinburgh from the Act of Union with England (1707) to the present, through architecture, philosophy, religion, cultural history, literature, and film. Links the city to Scotland's attempt to define its identity and achieve greater political autonomy. Some authors studied include David Hume, Adam Smith, Irvine Welsh. Includes a study trip to Edinburgh.

GWU Equivalency: IDIS 1099 VT: Eurp Urb Culture: Ed & Sco



Workshops a range of professional writing and presentation skills for the cultural sphere (cultural journalism, reviewing, grant applications, creative pitches, page layout). Students collectively produce and maintain a website of cultural activity in Paris. Practical work is placed in cultural and theoretical contexts, including introduction to the publication industry, legal contexts, and cultural studies.

GWU Equivalency: IDIS 1099 VT: Product, Translat Creat Pub



Studies the literary works, poetic aspirations and legal trials of Flaubert and Baudelaire, while tracing their tremendous influence on 19th-century French literature and their contribution to the emergence of modernity. Readings include Madame Bovary, Trois contes, Bouvard et Pecuchet, and Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal among other works, as well as a range of critical and philosophical commentaries.

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1099 VT: Flaubert & Baudelaire



Approaches Western political discourses through major texts of 19th-century literature. Provides an introduction to socialism, anarchism, liberalism, and communism, and relates them to questions of literary production, arguing that the literary and the political imaginations are intimately related. Literary texts studied include fiction by Zola, Gaskell, Dickens, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Chernyshevsky, and Conrad, and poetry by French and British writers.

GWU Equivalency: ENGL 1099 VT: Lit & Political Imaginatio



This workshop trains students in magazine writing and production through hands-on experience working on a high-quality student magazine, the Peacock. Students participate in a newsroom setting in a variety of roles -- from writing and editing to pagination and layout -- to produce the Peacock in both print and online versions. Students will learn researching and writing techniques as well as how to interview and source stories for magazines. They will gain pre-professional experience preparing them for entry-level positions in magazine journalism – whether print publications or online magazines. Note: Up to 8 credits for Journalism Practica can be applied toward the degree.

GWU Equivalency: SMPA 2110 Intro to NewsWriting&Reporting



This workshop trains students in online news writing and website curation through hands-on experience working on a news site in the style of Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Daily Beast and similar sites. Students will participate in a variety of roles -- from editing and assigning to writing in specialized areas – to manage and curate an online news site in real time. Students will gain practical skills using different tools, including social media, while working a real digital newsroom setting. The course will prepare students for entry-level positions in digital journalism. Note: Up to 8 credits for Journalism Practica can be applied toward the degree

GWU Equivalency: SMPA 2112 Intro to Video Production



This hands-on workshop trains students in video journalism in a real-time newsroom and production studio setting. Students will gain skills working with video production equipment and editing tools including Final Cut Pro. Students will contribute video journalism pieces to “PTV”, the video platform linked to the student media website where their video work contributes to the content mix of news pieces, video work, and magazine stories.  Students will produce short video stories, narratives and interviews for the site. They will edit video pieces, post on YouTube, and use social media to promote their stories. The course will prepare students for entry-level positions in video journalism and for more advanced AUP courses in video and broadcast journalism. Note: Up to 8 credits for Journalism Practica can be applied toward the degree

GWU Equivalency: SMPA 2112 Intro to Video Production


CM 2004 (Multiple Sections) - COMPARATIVE COMMUNICATIONS HISTORY 4 credits

This course provides historical background to understand how contemporary communication practices and technologies have developed and are in the process of developing and reflects on what communication has been in different human societies across time and place. It considers oral and literate cultures, the development of writing systems, of printing, and different cultural values assigned to the image. The parallel rise of mass media and modern western cultural and political forms and the manipulation and interplay of the properties and qualities conveyed by speech, sight, and sound are studied with reference to the printed book, newspapers, photography, radio, cinema, television, new media.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU Equivalency: COMM 1099 VT: Comp Hist Communication


CM 2006 (Multiple Sections) - MEDIA GLOBALIZATION 4 credits

What is globalization? Why study the media? What is the relationship between the media and globalization? What are the consequences of media globalization on our lives and identities? This course critically explores these questions and challenging issues that confront us today. Globalization can be understood as a multi-dimensional, complex process of profound transformations in all spheres – technological, economic, political, social, cultural, intimate and personal. Yet much of the current debates of globalization tend to be concerned with “out there” macro-processes, rather than what is happening “in here,” in the micro-processes of our lives. This course explores both the macro and the micro. It encourages students to develop an enlarged way of thinking – challenging existing paradigms and providing comparative perspectives.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU Equivalency: SMPA 1099 VT: Media Globalization



Introduces the field of computer science and the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented perspective using the programming language Java. Starts with practical problem-solving and leads to the study and analysis of simple algorithms, data types, control structures, and use of simple data structures such as arrays and strings.

GWU Equivalency: CSCI 1011 Intro to Programming w/ JAVA


DR/EN 2000  - THEATER ARTS 4 credits

Offers a practical workshop in the art of acting and dramatic expression. Students learn to bring texts to life on stage through a variety of approaches to performance. This course develops valuable analytical skills through play analysis, as well as building confidence in presentation and group communications skills through acting techniques and the rehearsal and performance of play scenes. May be taken twice for credit.

GWU Equivalency: TRDA 1025 Understanding the Theatre


FM 1010  - FILMS & THEIR MEANINGS 4 credits

Students begin with an analysis of basic elements of film language (signs, codes, syntax). They study the technology, economics and politics of the film industry as it has developed in the United States and Europe. In the latter half of the course they will investigate the impact of television, video, computers and digital media in the history of cinema.

GWU Equivalency: FILM 2151 Film Theory



Over the past twenty years, Granada, HBO, and the BBC have been creating series such as The Singing Detective, Cracker, MI5, The Sopranos, and The Wire that are much darker and more persuasive and perverse than anything else on television or on the big screen. Students will examine these 'visual texts,' and will also outline one or two series of their own, working on individual scenes that will be dramatized in class.

GWU Equivalency: FILM 1099 VT: Writing Fiction for Televi



Studies film history, aesthetics, and techniques of film analysis. Illustrates the basic theories of film-making with specific films of important directors such as Griffith, Eisenstein, Stroheim, Chaplin, Keaton, Murnau, Sternberg, Lubitsch, Renoir, Hawks, Ford, Welles, and Sturges.

GWU Equivalency: FILM 2153 History of World Cinema I


FM 2083  - SCORSESE & KUBRICK 4 credits


GWU Equivalency: FILM 1099 VT: Scorsese & Kubrick



Are we living in a horror film? How does the shock and fear these films produce reflect the larger world back to us? We’ll explore the monstrous, the non-human and the supernatural as political metaphors, and ask if they might challenge cultural ideologies and inequities. We’ll examine genre tropes and spectatorship in modern Hollywood to German silent classics and contemporary international horror from Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Italy and beyond.

GWU Equivalency: FILM 1099 VT: Topics in Film


FM 2092  - WOMEN & FILM 4 credits

Attempts to understand Hollywood's ambiguous attitude toward women during and after the studio system. What do roles played by women tell us about American culture and its fear of women? Also investigates women's roles in Fellini, Antonioni, Godard, and Truffaut, and the female image presented on the screen by directors such as Jane Campion, Diane Kurys, and Agnes Varda.

GWU Equivalency: FILM 1099 VT: Women and Film


FM/CL 3048  - SHAKESPEARE & FILM 4 credits

This course considers how the language of film can sometimes unlock the secrets of Shakespeare's world and help us to understand his contribution to the evolution of art cinema as well as to blockbuster culture. Focus is given to close readings of Shakespeare's plays, analysis of cinematic adaptations and a study of films such as Al Pacino's Looking for Richard or Shakespeare in Love. Directors Kozintsev, Welles, Godard, Olivier and Kurosawa are also studied.

GWU Equivalency: ENGL 1099 VT: Shakespeare & Film



In this course, you will become familiar with Paris and its residents, contributing to a global awareness and understanding of local habits, values, and way of life, as well as reflecting on your own. You will explore “the city of light” through a variety of in-class and outside activities and projects.

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1099 VT: Intro Paris Culture & Cust


FR 1100 (Multiple Sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE I 4 credits

This course is an introduction to French and is intended to help students acquire the basic elements of spoken and written French. Students will learn how to express themselves in everyday life situations. The students’ basic needs for linguistic and cultural information will be the main focus of this course. In class, work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the city of Paris.

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1001 Basic French I


FR 1200 (Multiple Sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE II 4 credits

This course is a second semester Elementary French course, a continuation of level FR 1010 with emphasis on acquiring basic level of proficiency in the language and understanding the culture of France and the Francophone world. This course will enable students to improve their comprehension skills through the use of authentic audio and video material and to acquire vocabulary to face situations in their real life in Paris. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are reinforced and special emphasis is placed on pronunciation.In-class work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the City of Paris.

Prerequisite: FR1100 OR FR1025 OR FR125 OR FR1200

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1002 Basic French II


FR 1300 (Multiple Sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE III 4 credits

The aim of the course is to improve and widen the listening, speaking and writing skills of those taking it, consolidating their knowledge of the full range of basic grammatical structures and broadening their general range of vocabulary.  By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the level A2 standard on the Common European Framework References for Languages.

Prerequisite: FR1200 OR FR1300

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1099 VT: French Lang & Culture III



Prerequisite: FR2100 OR FR2200 OR FR1300

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1099 Variable Topics


FR 2100 (Multiple Sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE IV 4 credits

This course reviews basic and complex sentence patterns in greater depth through discussions on students experience in Paris. Cultural and historical aspects of the French life are introduced. Students will learn additional vocabulary to express opinions, beliefs, doubts and emotions, and are shown various language registers (formal/informal vocabulary and structures) and intonations. Examples are taken from real life situations, film, television, newspaper articles, etc.The four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) will be reinforced.

Prerequisite: FR1300 OR FR2100

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1003 Intermediate French I


FR 2200 (Multiple Sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE V 4 credits

This high intermediate course allows students to reinforce and expand their ability to express themselves, defend an opinion, and debate with others. Special attention is paid to increasing students' ability to form complex sentences to express attitudes, wishes, necessity, doubt, emotions, to link ideas and to speculate.

Prerequisite: FR2100 OR FR2200

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1004 Intermediate French II



A bilingual survey of linguistics conducted in French and English. Combines theory and practice to introduce students to the basic concepts in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Focuses on the study of the human language as a system, the forms and functions of words and sentence elements, the creativity inherent in language systems, and language varieties. Prepares students to further investigate areas such as Historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language pathologies and first/second language acquisition.

Prerequisite: FR1200 OR FR2100 OR FR2200

GWU Equivalency: LING 1099 VT: Intro to Linguistics


FR 2630  - L'ENTREPRISE EN FRANCE 4 credits

This course is designed for students interested in international business or who intend to work or travel for business in French-speaking countries. Students will learn about the present economic questions and climate in France and Europe, learn about practices and traditions that make French business different from its counterparts in the United States or elsewhere (according to students' interests). Taught in French.

Prerequisite: FR2035 OR FR2050 OR FR2055 OR FR2200 OR FR235

GWU Equivalency: FREN 1099 VT: L'Entreprise en France



Have women been “written out” of history? Why do so few women’s names come to mind when we think about the important figures who shaped “world history”? What do we mean when we talk about “women’s history”, and how/does this intersect with issues of race, class and ethnicity? These standard questions, that inform feminist and gender studies, provide the backdrop to this interdisciplinary examination of the histories of feminism(s). Through the lens of thinkers such as Kumari Jayawardena, Chandra Mohanty, and Joan Scott, among others, this course will explore the question of gender as a system of power relations and social stratification that has constituted the shaping of political and cultural history across the globe. In this light, we will think carefully and critically about the significance of "women’s history" and its relationship to both the perpetuation of and resistance to social inequalities, while interrogating the concept of “women's identity” over culture, ethnicity and historical periods. Tracing the particular historical, political and cultural conditions that led to key moments in women’s movements, we will examine how the histories of feminist 'manifestos', apparently rooted in discreet moments over time, lead to and/or troubled larger movements of social justice and resistance.
This course serves as a critical introduction to the rich, interdisciplinary history of feminist scholarship and activism from various cultural perspectives. It provides the foundations for understanding why a focus on gender is necessary in the analysis of social injustice and foregrounds strategies of resistance employed by women throughout history.

GWU Equivalency: WGSS 1099 VT: Topics in Gender Studies



This course examines the major civilizational development of civilization in East Asia from prehistory to the end of the sixteenth century. We will examine the histories of China, Korea, Japan, with a focus primarily on China. You will also be asked to think comparatively, examining not only how the different countries and regions developed in East Asia, but also how East Asian developments compare with the “West.”

GWU Equivalency: HIST 3601 Topics: Asian History



This course surveys major themes in the ancient (pre-Islamic) and medieval history of the Middle East. It is organized around two parts.  The first surveys successive civilizations and empires that rose in the region or invaded and dominated it, from the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Hittites, the Phoenicians, the Persians, to the Greeks and the Romans/Byzantines. The birth of Judaism and Christianity is presented in this part.  The Second covers the rise of Islam, its expansion and the Caliphate it established from the 7th to the late 13th century, when the Mongol seized Bagdad.

GWU Equivalency: HIST 3810 History of the Middle East



Examines French history between 1770 and 1815: the rise of the modern monarchical state, population growth and increased commercial wealth calling for flexibility and innovation, new values of the Enlightenment urging a rethinking of traditional beliefs and practices, war and bankruptcy precipitating revolution and bringing to power men such as Robespierre and Napoleon.

GWU Equivalency: HIST 3145 The French Revolution



This course offers an introduction to the first century and a half of Islamic society, 600-700 AD. It builds on knowledge of ways of writing about the past which students have acquired in earlier courses. The focus of the course is the rise and development of  the religion of Islam and the key events and figures in the process. They will read extracts by those who wrote history in the early Islamic centuries – and those who have approached early Islam and is history in the global North, notably since he nineteenth century.

Essentially, the course offers:

- Substantive detail about the rise of the last of the Abrahamic monotheism;

- Theoretical reflection on the interplay between mediated communication, history and organized religion;

- An exploration of the history writing practices of early Muslims;

- An introduction of the intellectual history of nineteenth and twentieth century historiographies of the early Islamic Middle East and North Africa;

- An introduction to pilgrimage practices in Islam.

GWU Equivalency: HIST 3801 Topics: Middle East



At the dawn of the twenty-first century, democracy is at once triumphant and uncertain. Since its Greek origins in the terms Demos [δῆμος] (people/the common) and Kratos [Κράτος] (strength/power), the idea that human communities should govern themselves has never been so widespread. And yet, as the twenty-first century moves into its second decade, a tremendous confusion grows about what such power does and even should mean. This course is designed to provide perspective on our contemporary democratic context by investigating the dominant traits of democracy’s past, present and future. From voting, to citizenship, to popular sovereignty, this course will analyze the structures of democratic life across three major periods of democratic experimentation: Ancient Greece, modern Europe and the Americas (18th-20th centuries), and contemporary transformations across the world since the 1970s.

GWU Equivalency: HIST 1099 Variable Topics


HI/ES 3004  - THE HISTORY OF PARIS 4 credits

Seeks to understand how Paris elucidates the history of France by following its history from its origins to the present. The site of religious and political revolution, Paris testifies to the trials and glories of French history.

GWU Equivalency: HIST 1099 VT: History of Paris


IL 1010  - ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I 4 credits

Introduces the Italian language with emphasis upon speaking, basic grammatical structure, with a particular focus on culture. Videos, CDs, plus a field trip to Venice, make this class an enjoyable challenge.

GWU Equivalency: ITAL 1099 VT: Elementary Italian I



The Middle East is a region of great diversity with different histories, cultures, languages and populations. It constitutes nevertheless a systematic entity, with close interrelations, and many common political, cultural and socio-economical challenges. The course will explore the cultural, political, ethnic and geographical realities of the region (historically and in the present). It will present as well the ongoing debates and themes in major political and cultural circles.

GWU Equivalency: IDIS 1099 VT: Situating the Mid East I



This course offers an overview of ancient and medieval philosophy. Beginning with the earliest Greek philosophers and ending with the late medieval founding fathers of modern scientific thought, we will read and discuss various answers these thinkers gave to questions such as: 'What is a good life?' or 'How can I reconcile my faith with what reason tells me?' Readings include Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Seneca, Plotinus, Anselm, Avicenna, Abelard, Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas and Nicolaus of Autrecourt.

GWU Equivalency: PHIL 2111 History of Ancient Philosophy



This course explores the impact of modern science upon philosophy through an exploration of the fundamental texts of classical metaphysics - Descartes' Principles of Philosophy, Spinoza's Ethics, Leibniz's Discourse on Metaphysics and The Monadology - an examination guided by the question of what is it to act with freedom and grace in an infinite universe ruled by the laws of nature.

GWU Equivalency: PHIL 1099 VT: Metaphys, Sci & Rational



What is Art? What is Beauty? How can I know what is beautiful? And what does it mean to me? These are some of Aesthetics’ main questions as it is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and value of art and the criteria of artistic judgment and experience. Various answers have been given throughout the history of philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to Kant and today’s analytical or postmodern philosophy, making of aesthetics a vibrant and dynamic discipline, constantly revitalised by new art forms and critical concepts. Through a thorough historical survey of the notion students learn to discuss art and beauty in a time when these classical notions are undergoing very important changes. Everyone is encouraged to bring in his or her own experience of art. There is no prerequisite for this course.

GWU Equivalency: PHIL 3162 Philosophy of Art


PO 1011 (Multiple Sections) - FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN POLITICS 4 credits

What is politics - the quest for the common good or who gets what, when, and how? We study what defines politics in the modern age: states and nations in the international system, collective action and representation in mass societies, trajectories of democracy and dictatorship, politics and development in the context of capitalism. The course will introduce the student to the concerns, the language and the methods of Political Science.

GWU Equivalency: PSC 1003 Intro-International Politics



Offers a comparative introduction to the political systems of developing countries through the study of decolonization, nation-building, political institutions, and economy. Studies problems of political culture, leadership, representation, and the place of developing countries in the world system.

GWU Equivalency: PSC 2439 International Political Econ



This course investigates how political processes shape human geography and, conversely, how assumptions about places underpin world politics. It presents the main theories of political geography, as well as essential concepts and terminology. It points to the historical contingency of political identities and organizations and reveals how major world events as well as spaces are shaped by everyday politics.

GWU Equivalency: PSC 1099 VT:Intro Pol Geo & Geopolitics


PO 2031 (Multiple Sections) - WORLD POLITICS 4 credits

This course analyses the basic setting, structure and dynamics of world politics with emphasis on current global problems, practices and processes. In doing so, it introduces the major theoretical approaches to international politics, and uses theory as a methodological tool for analyzing sources of change and causes of conflict and/or cooperation in the global arena.

GWU Equivalency: PSC 1003 Intro-International Politics



Studies the origins, politics, structures, and impact of international organizations with a focus on the United Nations group, specialized agencies, regional organizations, and international administration. Discusses the UN role in peacekeeping, decolonization, refugees, social and health problems, trade and monetary policy, development, technology transfer, and UN reform as well as new developments since the end of the Cold War.

GWU Equivalency: PSC 2442 International Organizations


PO 2050  - POLITICAL ANALYSIS 4 credits

This course examines the nature of knowledge claims in political science: how we know what we know and how certain we are. Research schools, the nature of description and explanation in political science, and basis issues of quantitative analysis will form the core elements of this course, while substantive themes may vary each year.

GWU Equivalency: PSC 2101 Scope & Methods in PSc


PY 1000 (Multiple Sections) - INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 4 credits

This course discusses the intellectual foundations of contemporary psychology. Students learn about the concepts, theories and experiments basic to an understanding of the discipline, including classic thought and recent advances in psychology such as psychoanalysis, learning theory,biological mechanisms, developmental, social, cognitive, personality and abnormal psychology.

GWU Equivalency: PSYC 1001 General Psychology

GWU Note:  PSYC 1001 is a prerequisite for all Psychology courses at GWU.


PY/GS 2010  - PSYCHOLOGY & GENDER 4 credits

Surveys major issues concerning gender and the science of psychology in an attempt to answer the question: why is there such a gender gap when women and men share more psychological similarities than differences? Topics include: developmental processes and gender; gender roles and stereotypes, biology and gender; cross-cultural perspectives of gender; social-cultural theories of gender; language and gender, emotions and gender, health and gender.

GWU Equivalency: PSYC 2550 Psychology of Sex Differences