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Basic Requirements

One hundred and twenty credit hours are required for graduation with a bachelor’s degree:

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all courses at William & Mary
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all courses in the field of major
  • Various rules and residency requirements apply; refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

Starting with the Freshman Seminar and continuing through the General Education Requirements, students build a course of study that reaches broadly and deeply into various fields of study.  Some specific additional requirements are described below.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to the 202 level at William & Mary. This requirement can be accomplished in various ways; refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

Digital Information Literacy Requirement

Students must demonstrate a basic understanding of digital information, how it is processed, and how to use it judiciously. This can be done in two ways:

  • Take and pass with a grade of C- or better the DIL exam by the end of the third week of classes after matriculating
  • Enroll in and pass with a grade of C- or better the course INTR 160, Digital Information Literacy, in the Spring term after matriculation
Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for additional details and exceptions for transfer students.
Lower-Division Writing Requirement

Students must complete with a grade of C- or better a one-semester course in writing – Writing 101 or a freshman seminar designated “W” or another lower-division course designated “W.” There are some exceptions (AP, IB, transfer credit); refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

Major Writing Requirement

Each department and program has specified a Major Writing Requirement that must be passed with a grade of C- or better; refer to the appropriate department’s or program’s major requirements.

Major Computing Requirement

Each department and program has specified a Major Computing Requirement that must be passed with a grade of C- or better;  refer to the appropriate department’s or program’s major requirements.