Columbian College of Arts and Sciences


Corcoran students at work.


The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the academic heart of the George Washington University. As practitioners of “the engaged liberal arts,” Columbian College opens minds.

At Columbian College, students inhabit the space where the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences converge.

Students meet tomorrow's challenges here, and they need your support.

Support CCAS

To learn more:

  • Contact Tracee Blair at [email protected] or at 202-994-3124.
  • View examples of the way your philanthropy to the Columbian College can deliver immediate results.

Where to Give

Moshe Pasternak

Support and Cultivate the Best Talent

"I know I will leave Foggy Bottom with much more than a diploma. At GW, I am confident the support and role models will lead me down a road that would have been closed were it not for your tremendous support. I cannot thank you enough."
-Moshe Pasternak, CCAS '17, scholarship recipient

Read more of Moshe's story

Professor Max Ticktin

Retain the Best Instructors

The Max Ticktin Professorship of Israel Studies was established in recognition of Rabbi Ticktin’s contributions to GW, his scholarship related to Israel, and his commitment to making students not only better scholars, but better people. Endowed professorships attract and retain those capable of truly awakening imaginations in their students.

Learn more about endowed faculty positions



Build Leading Institutes and Centers

The Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute encompasses a pre-college summer program, college scholarship/mentorship support, a post-doctoral fellowship, and public and academic programming.

Watch Isaac's story


Witnessing History While Working for U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden

"Going to GW, you have every opportunity to both take classes and intern at all of these places just because of the location. I think the opportunities are so much different than the average college experience." -Liz Doherty, CCAS '13




Ulvi Kasimov with several students in the Art Therapy program.

$1 Million Gift Opens Doors for Artists Who Heal

February 21, 2023
GW parents Ulvi and Reykhan Kasimov endow a fund supporting graduate fellowships in GW's Art Therapy Program, recognizing the critical need for financial support to attract and retain top students with a passion to serve.
Professor Michael King shown at a blackboard demonstrating organic chemistry to a class.

Endowment Bequest Builds on Professor Michael King’s Legacy of Impact at GW

August 03, 2021

Testamentary gifts from the King family will fund the chemistry department’s first endowed professorship and support GW Hillel.

Showing Students in Need that GW Cares

May 13, 2020
Hundreds of GW students are struggling to meet basic expenses, including food, housing, and transportation, or the technology to continue their studies. But generous donors have stepped in and the GW Cares Student Assistance Fund has made an immediate difference in numerous students' lives. Three GW students want you to know that a small amount of financial support from the GW Cares Student Assistance Fund has thrown them a lifeline and the comfort of knowing someone cares.
Sugai scholars on National Mall.

Sugai Program Teaches and Inspires Japanese Students

August 29, 2019

From Tohoku, Japan to the streets of Foggy Bottom, eight deserving Japanese students spent two weeks on campus this summer for an immersive cultural experience –

Photo of Colleen Connors and Howard Opinsky

Donor Valentines: Colleen Connors and Howard Opinsky

February 09, 2019
Given their academic interests and pursuits, it was inevitable that Colleen Connors, CCAS BA '91 and Howard Opinsky, CCAS BA '91 would cross paths at GW.
The Leibow family

Donor Valentines: Lisa and Phil Leibow

February 09, 2019
Lisa and Phil Leibow met in Thurston Hall in 1984 and have been married 29 years.
Students share their stories at the annual Planet Forward summit.

Leading the Planet Forward

July 05, 2018
Young people are leading the way in building a sustainable world. Planet Forward - created in 2009 by Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno— is playing an instrumental role in those efforts. The initiative, situated in GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, empowers new voices and leads a global conversation on the planet’s future.
Edward C. Green, B.A. ’67, dedicated his career to improving health outcomes in under-served populations. (Photo: Edward Green)

Edward C. Green Fellows Will Contribute to Social and Political Change

May 08, 2018
Edward C. Green, B.A. ’67, has dedicated his career to improving health outcomes in under-served populations around the world. Through the endowed Edward C. Green Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, he will continue to empower the next generation of anthropology professionals to make the world a better place.
Greenhouse manager Rachel Klein with students from Washington Middle School for Girls

Open-Air Study

April 24, 2018
The philanthropy-funded Wilbur V. Harlan Greenhouse is an oasis of green, where plants, flowers, grasses, and other vegetation thrive.
Tyler McManus, CCAS '18 at Veterans Memorial Park

Crowdfunding effort improves the Military Community Center

November 09, 2017

Before the Military Community Center opened in 2016, a few things were not quite in order.