Your Second Year at William and Mary

As a St Andrews home student, you will spend your second year at William & Mary.  The links to the left take you to important information about preparing for Year 2 and  your trip to Virginia.

By June of the summer before you travel to William and Mary, be sure to log in to the Tribe Guide--here you will find critical information about orientation, housing, advising, etc.  For purposes of orientation, move-in, etc., refer to the information for "transfer students." 

Although in most ways your years at William and Mary will be like those of any other W&M student, the curricula for the four programs differ from the standard W&M curriculum--for one thing, you already have a major, while most of your peers will not declare theirs until the end of  their second year.  So it's very important that you consult with your advisor, download the Programme Guide and Catalog Supplement, and read the description of your program very carefully. 

In Year 2 at William & Mary, you must complete at least 30 credits (the equivalent of 120 at St Andrews):  typically you will take 14-16 credits, divided among 4-5 "courses" (modules), in each semester.  Some of these are required for your major program and build on modules you have taken in your first year; the others may be used to fulfill knowledge objectives (for breadth).  Below are the second year requirements for each major;  your advisor will help you fill out the rest of your schedule to make sure you meet the knowledge and skills requirements for the Joint Degree. 


ECON 303, ECON 304, ECON 307 (3 credits each); ECON 331 ONLY if EC 1003 wasn't taken in Year 1;  + COLL 150W, the Joint Programme Seminar (4 credits), in semester 1.


ENGL 203 and ENGL 250 (3 credits each); + COLL 150W, the Joint Programme Seminar (4 credits), in semester 1.


At least two HIST courses, one of which must be at the 300-level (typically 3 credits each); at least two courses continuing in the language from Year 1 (typically 3-4 credits each); + COLL 150W, the Joint Programme Seminar (4 credits), in semester 1.

International Relations

Two of GOVT 303, 304, 305, or 327; one of GOVT 324, 325, or 328; HIST 192*(3 credits); a research methods course (normally GOVT 301 or ECON 307); and COLL 150W, the Joint Programme Seminar (4 credits), in semester 1; + INRL 300 (3 credits) in semester 2.

*unless you took MO 1008 in Year 1 at St Andrews

Continuance Requirements

By the end of your fourth semester, you must have accumulated 60 (240) credits, must have passed with a D (7) or better, on your first attempt, all courses in your major subject (or courses required for the major), and earned an average of a  C+ (an 11 at St Andrews) on your first attempt in the following 2nd year courses:

Economics. At W&M, in ECON 303 and ECON 304; at StA, in EC2001 and 2002;

English. At W&M, in ENGL 203 and ENGL 250; at StA, in EN2003 & 2004;

History. At W&M, in two History classes, at least one of which should be at 300-level; at StA, in two 2000-level modules with HI-, ME- or MO-prefixes.

International Relations. At W&M, in two of GOVT 303GOVT 304GOVT 305, or GOVT 327; as well as in one of GOVT 324GOVT 325, or GOVT 328; at St A, in both IR2005 & 2006.

We strongly recommend that you study the overall program description for your major very carefully, and that you download the Programme Guide and Catalog Supplement (pdf), which explains all the requirements for the Joint Degree.


Registration at W&M typically takes place in October for Spring semester and in March for Fall semester.  You will consult with your advisor prior to registration about an appropriate schedule; and you will sign on to Banner (much as you sign on to iSaint) to complete your registration.  If you are in St Andrews, your advisor will contact you via email. You may make changes to your course schedule once you arrive on campus in August and during add-drop.

Important:  Unlike at St Andrews, during W&M registration you will actually enroll in the courses you pick (and so you will have to drop any you change your mind about).  You will need to be aware of prerequsities or any other restrictions the course might carry (for example, some might be restricted to upper division students or require instructor approval)--your advisor can help you if you have questions.  You are guaranteed admission to courses required for your major.

Most of your courses will be at the 200-level or higher, although you may "drop down" and take 100-level courses to satisfy knowledge or skills objectives or to satisfy a pre-requisite in a subject you are just starting.