The principles state that William & Mary COLL courses should:
- Be taught to the extent possible by William & Mary faculty (TE and continuing NTE).
- Provide an integrated intellectual experience during the undergraduate years that encourages students to make coherent and meaningful interconnections across disciplines.
- Help students acquire knowledge and develop the skills and habits of critical and creative thinking and expression.
- Explore the methodologies and epistemologies of the various academic disciplines, along with how they differ from and form synergies with one another.
- Be structured in such a way that faculty are able to apply their best scholarly and creative work to all undergraduate students.
- Encourage faculty to focus their attention not only on their respective major fields but also on the ways in which their fields contribute to the broader Liberal Arts.
- Enlarge our students' global perspective through an experience of the world beyond campus.
- Foster a sense of academic community among students and faculty.
- Provide an active learning experience beyond the student's area of expertise.