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 2017 will take place during orientation in late August; however, your major 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 six 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. 

CLASSICAL STUDIES

For the AH&A pathway: in year one, CLVC 217 and 218 (6 credits); CLVC 227 or 228 (3 credits); a COLL 150 of your choice (4 credits); FMST 351 (Early Scottish Culture--1 credit, fall); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit, spring)

For the G&L pathway: in year one, Main language (Latin or Greek) 101 – 102 or Latin or Greek 201- 202 or Latin or Greek 300 – 400 (6 -8 credit  hours)​; a COLL 150 of your choice (4 credits); FMST 351 (Early Scottish Culture--1 credit, fall); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit, spring)

ECONOMICS

Semester 1:  ECON 101 (Microeconomics--3 credits); a COLL 150 of your choice (4 credits); FMST 351 (Early Scottish Culture--1 credit)

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); a COLL 150 of your choice (4 credits); FMST 351 (Early Scottish Culture--1 credit, fall); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit, spring).

*ENGL 204  and ENGL 250 can be taken in either semester.  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.

FILM STUDIES

Semester 1: FMST 250 (Intro to Film and Media Studies--3 credits); a COLL 150 of your choice (4 credits); FMST 351 (Early Scottish Culture--1 credit).

Semester 2: FMST 310 (World Cinema Before TV--3 credits); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit)

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); a COLL 150 of your choice (4 credits); FMST 351 (Early Scottish Culture--1 credit).

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); a COLL 150 of your choice (4 credits); FMST 351 (Early Scottish Culture--1 credit). Total: 14 credits.

Semester 2:  GOVT 203 (Intro to Comparative Politics--3 credits); ECON 102 (Macroeconomics--3 credits); INRL 300 (International Relations in Disciplinary Perspectives--3 credits); FMST 351 (Contemporary Scottish Culture--1 credit); a research methods course. Total: 16 credits.