General Education Requirements (GERs)

The College has identified seven General Education Requirements (GERs) that each student must satisfy before graduation. GERs are each defined by a specific domain of knowledge, skill or experience that the faculty considers crucial to a liberal education. Students have a wide range of courses from which to choose to meet each of the GERs: for example, approved courses for GER 7, "Philosophical, Religious and Social Thought," are offered by at least five different departments. When combined with the thoroughness and focus brought by the student's major and the freedom of exploration brought by the elective component of the student's curriculum, the GERs help to develop the breadth of integrated knowledge that characterizes the liberally educated person. (from the William & Mary 2003-2004 Course Catalog)