At William & Mary, we believe our students deserve 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 furthest reaches 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 curriculum encourages 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 majors in the School of Business and a secondary major in the School of Education, or design your own major. Some of our interdisciplinary majors—like Global Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Africana Studies—were inspired by student interest and demand.
But the hallmark of a W&M education—no matter which major you choose—is the high level of student engagement that often translates into independent or faculty-mentored student research projects.
For example, a lab of freshmen discovered a new form of life on campus—a bacteriophage nicknamed CrimD. It's been examined as a possible tool to combat tuberculosis. Other students spent a semester studying 400-year-old Spanish before traveling to Pamplona to study handwritten court records from the 1600s. They found sources that had never been studied before on, for example, a new category of homicide, and the role of women in smuggling tobacco.
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 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: