Academic Coursework

The primary goal of the Sharpe Program is to connect academic coursework with community-based experience in learning and research. Sharpe students get to take courses specifically designed to foster critical thinking while engaging actively within communities.

During the fall of their freshman year, Sharpe Living-Learning Community (LLC) students enroll in a COLL150 seminar specially designed to create a foundation for developing community-engaged research skills.

For the remainder of their first year at William & Mary, scholars are required to commit to community involvement in an identified form of public service, outreach, leadership or civic participation opportunity; participate actively and consistently in LLC programming, and with ongoing support from faculty and Sharpe Program Fellows, develop ideas for continuing engagement and research.