About the Williams School

Established in 1905, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics is a leader among its peers--offering a business education within a larger liberal arts curriculum. In fact, Washington and Lee is the highest ranked liberal arts university 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 more than 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; law, justice, and society; and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. The Williams School also houses the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship.
The Williams School touches most students at Washington and Lee University, regardless of major. About 45 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.

The Williams School offers two degrees:

Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce

  • Business Administration
  • Accounting

Bachelor of Arts

  • Economics
  • Politics

For a complete summary of courses offered by the Williams School, please consult the Registrar's website, which lists courses, general education requirements and major requirements.