Spring Term Abroad is a special part of the Washington and Lee curriculum and experience. These courses allow students to get an up-close, intensive, and personal experience of the subject matter on-site with a W&L faculty member during the spring term.
Academics A Diverse Curriculum
The academic life at Washington and Lee is defined by diversity. What, after all, does one study at a liberal arts college, but difference? Whether one is studying biology or archaeology, Africana Studies or neuroscience, the point is to engage difference and learn through that experience. The faculty at Washington and Lee place supreme value on the free and respectful exchange of knowledge, ideas, and thought, whether that takes place in the classroom, the laboratory, the lecture hall, or the many crucial exchanges that happen in the hallways and walkways of a great university.
The importance of diversity to intellectual inquiry is paramount. As Ralph Ellison famously wrote at the end of his classic 1952 novel, Invisible Man: "Whence all this passion toward conformity anyway? Diversity is the word. Let man keep his many parts and we will have no tyrant states." Diversity, freedom, justice, opportunity, understanding, equality-these are the very conditions of a liberal (as in "liberating") education. These are fundamental values at any great university. At Washington and Lee, with our honor system, our speaking tradition, and our commitment to a community of trust, the emphasis on diversity is especially ingrained in our mission and our self-understanding.
Below is a sampling of distinctive W&L academic centers, programs and student experiences that put a special emphasis on diversity, inclusion and exploration.