The guide below describes the types of courses and proficiencies that comprise the College Curriculum for students entering in academic year 2021-22 and following. You can use the Academic Planner [pdf] to help map these out, along with requirements for the major you choose and courses you take to explore, create, and connect.
COLL Courses and the Knowledge Domain Electives
- COLL 100 (one course, must pass with at least C-)
- COLL 150 (one course, must pass with at least C-)
- Knowledge Domain Electives (3 courses)
- ALV (minimum of 3 credits)
- CSI (minimum of 3 credits)
- NQR (minimum of 3 credits)
- COLL 200 (9 total credits)
- COLL 200 ALV (minimum of 3 credits)
- COLL 200 CSI (minimum of 3 credits)
- COLL 200 NQR (minimum of 3 credits)
- COLL 300 (1 course or more, totaling 3 credits)
- COLL 350 (1 course or more, totaling 3 credits)
- COLL 400 (1 course, minimum of 3 credits)
- Foreign Language. A proficiency level of 202 (Level IV) in a foreign language, a natural language other than English, is required of all students. If you have not satisfied this proficiency, you should register for a language class that will begin the process of completing the requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by:
- Taking 4 years of a foreign language (one language) in high school.
- Receiving AP, IB or transfer credit for the 202 level or higher.
- Receiving a score of 600 or better on the SAT II achievement test in a modern foreign language (650 or better in Latin).
- Completing a college-level course at the 202 level or above.
- Petitioning for a proficiency exemption [pdf] if your native language is not English.
- Mathematics. You may satisfy this proficiency by:
- Pre-matriculation transfer or test credit for a course in calculus or statistics.
- Any William & Mary course in calculus or statistics.
- Any William & Mary course with the "MATH" attribute.
- Creative and Performing Arts. You may satisfy this requirement by completing a course with the "Arts Proficiency" attribute.
- Note that a single course can fulfill both a proficiency and a COLL requirement. BUT a single course can't serve as both a required COLL course and a Knowledge Domain elective.
- Take your COLL 100 and COLL 150 courses in the first year.
- Plan to take at least one COLL 200 course in your second year; your other COLL 200 courses can be taken up to the second semester of your senior year.
- Begin planning for your COLL 300. Will you study abroad? Do a campus COLL 300 course?
- Learn the requirements of majors you're considering, including courses with prerequisites, and schedule accordingly. Plan to complete COLL 400 in your senior year.