The College

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. Students may earn either the B.A. or B.S. degree in thirty-seven different majors, and may also pursue one or more of thirty-six minors.

The more than 140 faculty members in the College, in departments ranging from Music to Geology/Earth and Environmental Geoscience to Religion, are dedicated to nurturing the intellectual capacity and curiosity of our students in an environment of collaborative inquiry. All first-year students are members of the College, and typically take a range of courses in the liberal arts in preparation for selecting a major course of study.

As expressed in the College's Mission Statement, the hallmarks of a person educated in the College include:

  • A resourceful intellect and talent for independent thinking
  • The capacity to evaluate information critically and to convey it effectively
  • Competence in many methods of defining, approaching and solving problems
  • A lively curiosity about and mature respect for varied cultures and intellectual perspectives
  • A lifelong commitment to learning, to health and well-being, and to the values that inform a W&L education.

Please explore these pages to see the full range of academic opportunities available to current and prospective W&L students. Parents, alumni, faculty, and staff will also find a wealth of information about College programs, policies and resources. All of us in the Office of the Dean of the College are always ready to assist you.

Messages from the Dean

W&L's Commitment to Academic Freedom and Faculty Safety

On Sept. 7, 2020, the provost and academic deans issued a statement reiterating W&L's commitment to academic freedom and faculty safety. The statement comes in response to recent incidents of harassment directed at faculty members who exercise their academic freedom.

A Message from Dean Hill and Dean Straughan

We write to you following another weekend of protests across our country and the world. We share the sense of frustration, anger, and indignation many of you feel. Because of our different backgrounds, we come to this latest example of racial oppression in our country with unique perspectives.

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