Your First Year at William & Mary

By June of the summer before you matriculate at William and Mary, be sure to log in to the Tribe Guide--here you will find critical information about orientation, housing, advising, etc.  Registration for Fall 2016 will take place during orientation in late August (you will be contacted soon about dates); however, your program advisor will email you during the summer (probably in early August) to help you plan your schedule for the year.

Although in most ways your first year in the Joint Programme at William and Mary will be like that 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 your peers will not declare theirs until they are academic sophomores.  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. 

Below are the program requirements for each major for your first year.  Your advisor will help you fill out the rest of your schedule, particularly to make sure you satisfy the Joint Programme knowledge and skills objectives. 

ECONOMICS

Semester 1:  ECON 101 (Microeconomics--3 credits); COLL 150 (Joint Programme Seminar--4 credits)

Semester 2:  ECON 102 (Macroeconomics--3 credits); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit)

ENGLISH

Year 1:  ENGL 204 (Major English Writers II--3 credits)*; ENGL 250 (Interpreting Literature--3 credits); COLL 150 (Joint Programme Seminar--4 credits); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit).

*ENGL 204  and ENGL 250 can be taken in either semester; COLL 150 is offered only in the Fall, and FMST 351 is offered only in the Spring.  Also note:  Joint Degree students may NOT take ENGL 203 at W&M, as the equivalent of that course will be required in year 2 at St Andrews.

HISTORY

Semester 1:  Typically two HIST courses toward your distribution requirement (American, European/Scottish, non-Western--3 credits each) selected in consultation with your advisor; one course in a language (3-4 credits); COLL 150 (Joint Programme Seminar--4 credits).

Semester 2: Typically two more HIST courses toward your distribution (3-credits each); one course continuing your language (3-4 credits); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit).

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Semester 1:  GOVT 204 (Intro to International Politics--3 credits); ECON 101 (Microeconomics--3 credits); HIST 192 (Global History--3 credits); COLL 150 (Joint Programme Seminar--4 credits).

Semester 2:  GOVT 203 (Intro to Comparative Politics--3 credits); GOVT 33x (1 course in comparative/foreign politics of a specific region--3 credits); ECON 102 (Macroeconomics--3 credits); INRL 300 (International Relations in Disciplinary Perspectives--3 credits); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit).