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Testimonials

Taylor Reveley, President

"William & Mary began more than three centuries ago as a trans-Atlantic experiment and today we move forward with another international initiative, a quintessentially 21st-century one. Our partnership with St Andrews has vast potential to enrich the lives of our students and better prepare them to lead in a global society."

Henry C. Wolf, Rector

"The joint degree program between the College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews represents a new, bold and innovative approach to international studies at a time when we are experiencing a dramatic shift in the globalization of business and commerce in the world. This new program demonstrates the commitment of two of the oldest and most venerable academic institutions in the English speaking world to providing a curriculum that is relevant to the future."

Michael Halleran, Provost

"We want to combine our tried and true combination of a first-class liberal arts education and scholarship with the success of top-notch partners around the world. St Andrews is a perfect fit for us and a natural place to begin as we seek to expand global relationships."

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of Arts & Sciences

"The joint degree program offered by St Andrews and William & Mary offers students from any country a unique education. Students study in two different countries, work with leading scholars and teachers, and graduate with an honors degree recognized in both the United States and the European Union. The joint degree program puts globalization into practice in higher education."

Kim Wheatley, Associate Professor of English

"I am excited at the prospect of this unique new program. English majors in the joint program stand to gain from combining the St Andrews in-depth focus on British literature, including Scottish literature, with William & Mary's wide opportunities to study both British and American literature, including African-American literature, in a more interdisciplinary context. English department faculty are looking forward to strengthening our ties and exchanging ideas with faculty members at St Andrews."

Emilie Raymer '10 (studied history at St Andrews spring semester, 2009)

"The town (of St Andrews) and Williamsburg are remarkably similar in that they're both really historic, beautiful places to study. Both have a strong intellectual tradition. St Andrews was founded in 1413, and the atmosphere there is conducive to studying, so it was very neat being in that environment. The thing is, there is a similar feel here at W&M. To walk into the Wren Building and to have that feeling of being around a lot of great scholars. . . Both have a very strong intellectual tradition that will make this partnership exciting for everyone, especially the students lucky enough to participate."

Michael J. Tierney, Director of International Relations and Associate Professor of Government

"The greatest thing about the dual degree program in International Relations is that the two programs complement each other so nicely.  The way we teach IR at William & Mary is quite different from the way IR is taught and practiced in the UK.  While W&M is more positivist, quantitative, and policy-oriented, St Andrews is more normative, qualitative, and theoretical. Having students exposed to a variety of different approaches as an undergraduate student is ideal, in my view."

Frederick C. (Fred) Corney, Associate Professor of History and Director of Russian and post-Soviet Studies

"St Andrews is one of the 'old-school' venerable British universities with extremely strong offerings (in the School of History) in medieval history, Scottish history, and Modern History.  W&M has its own unique tradition, with a Department of History particularly strong in Colonial and 19th century America, and increasingly in Modern Europe, Latin America and Africa.  The goal for a joint degree program in history was to combine the best of both experiences.  Together, these two universities can produce a history major who is broadly schooled in the historical discipline, both geographically and chronologically, but also who has undertaken serious in-depth research in a particular field."

Colleen Kennedy, Associate Professor of English

"This combined degree program is a great idea -- it's ideal for students interested in W&M but who want to devote more of their degree to the study of literature than our liberal arts emphasis allows. On the other hand, it gives students interested in St Andrews the chance to pursue more interdisciplinary study than their degree allows. I'm really looking forward to working with these students and our colleagues at St Andrews."

Amanda Norris, Assistant Dean of Admission

"The beauty of the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme is that those lucky students admitted will be able to experience the balanced and well rounded education which Williamsburg has produced for over 300 years as well as the ancient education of the United Kingdom grounded in the Middle Ages. At the end of their four year journey between these two institutions, the Joint Degree student will not only obtain facts, theories, and history within a given academic field but will also have the UK advantage of analyzing information from a completely different perspective than the average American student. This hybrid approach to learning will not come at a sacrifice of traditional American college experiences nor at the expense of acquiring a breadth of general knowledge from a liberal arts background. In all actuality, these students will have the opportunity to be even better rounded and well versed on a global playing field and especially throughout the English speaking world."

http://blogs.wm.edu/2010/11/24/900-years-of-history/