The College is the heart of the W&L liberal arts education. It is the home of twenty-one departments, four interdepartmental majors, and seven interdepartmental programs in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, computer science and in certain social sciences. Students may earn either the B.A. or B.S. degree in forty different majors, and may also pursue one or more of fifteen minor programs, including Creative Writing, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Environmental Studies, and Museum Studies. All students, whether they intend to pursue majors in the College or in the Williams School, are enrolled in the College during their first year.
Schools and Centers
Washington and Lee's two undergraduate divisions share a single admissions process, and all undergraduate students, whether they intend to pursue majors in the College or in the Williams School, are enrolled in the College during their freshman year. Although each has its own faculty and is administered by its own dean, there is a close relationship between the two divisions, and students are free to take electives in each during their time at Washington and Lee.
While law schools have traditionally taught all students in the same way for all three years, at W&L Law, you will encounter a sequence of learning experiences rooted in the basic assumption that each year of law school should present new and different challenges while pushing you further along the continuum from beginning law student to lawyer-to-be. This allows the School to produce lawyers who are better positioned to provide valuable service to their clients and employers from the outset of their careers.