The College represents the liberal arts core of the University, offering a breadth of departments and programs. All Washington and Lee students begin as first-year students in the College, and those who graduate receive degrees of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
The College is the heart of the W&L liberal arts education. It is the home of twenty-one departments, four interdepartmental majors, and seven interdepartmental programs. Students may earn either the B.A. or B.S. degree in forty different majors, and may also pursue one or more of fifteen minor programs, including Creative Writing, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Environmental Studies, and Museum Studies.
The more than 140 faculty members in the College, in departments ranging from Music to Geology to Religion, are dedicated to nurturing the intellectual capacity and curiosity of our students in an environment of collaborative inquiry. All first-year students are members of the College, and typically take a range of courses in the liberal arts in preparation for selecting a major course of study.
As expressed in the College's Mission Statement, the hallmarks of a person educated in the College include:
- A resourceful intellect and talent for independent thinking
- The capacity to evaluate information critically and to convey it effectively
- Competence in many methods of defining, approaching and solving problems
- A lively curiosity about and mature respect for varied cultures and intellectual perspectives
- A lifelong commitment to learning, to health and well-being, and to the values that inform a W&L education.
Please explore these pages to see the full range of academic opportunities available to current and prospective W&L students. Parents, alumni, faculty, and staff will also find a wealth of information about College programs, policies and resources. All of us in the Office of the Dean of the College are always ready to assist you.