The Williams School

Established in 1905, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics is distinct among its peers--offering a business education within a larger liberal arts curriculum. In fact, Washington and Lee is the only top tier liberal arts college in the United States to claim a nationally accredited commerce school. The Williams School has been fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1927. Student outcomes for Washington and Lee University are available from The Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The school is led by Crawford Family Dean Rob Straughan and has 50 full-time faculty members who teach in the departments of accounting & finance, business administration, economics and politics, as well as a number of interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies, poverty and human capability studies and women's and gender studies. The Williams School is the proud home to the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Williams School touches most students at Washington and Lee University, regardless of major. About 40 percent of Washington and Lee students will choose to major in one of the Williams School's four disciplines, but even those who major in a discipline within the College will find themselves taking general education or elective classes in the Williams School.

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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.



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