College is a journey. Draw your own road map.
At William & Mary, we believe a one-in-a-million mind deserves a one-of-a-kind education.
Our exceptional students and dedicated faculty engage in a four-year intellectual conversation—a true journey of discovery—that begins in the classroom and extends into the theatre, the laboratory, the community and the farthest corners of the globe. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and experience to engage your future on your own terms.
A W&M undergraduate education is rooted in the Arts & Sciences. Our general education requirements encourage you to explore the range of human knowledge across dozens of departments and programs. You’ll go from neuroscience to Elizabethan poetry to computer programming, learning how to gather information from disparate sources, analyze it logically and creatively, and communicate your ideas effectively.
When it’s time to declare a major, you can choose from programs in Arts & Sciences as well as the schools of Business and Education, or even design your own major. Some of our most fascinating interdisciplinary majors —like Global Studies, Environmental Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Africana Studies—were originally dreamed up by students.
But the hallmark of a W&M education—no matter which major you choose—is the high level of student engagement which often translates into independent or faculty-mentored student research projects.
This year, for example, Film Studies students interviewed Williamsburg residents and dug through newspaper archives to prepare for a film festival celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Kimball Theatre. Students in a freshman seminar researched, wrote and submitted a proposal to turn an African-American-owned bank in Richmond into a National Historic Landmark.
Another way to experience in-depth, independent research is through departmental honors, working with a faculty advisor and defending your research project or thesis before a faculty committee. For incoming and current students who have demonstrated exceptionally strong academic skills, we’ve designed generous undergraduate scholars programs to provide the financial and faculty support for summer research projects and beyond.
Start planning the roadmap to your degree today. Find out more about William & Mary’s unique undergraduate offerings: