About the Williams School

Established in 1905, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics is distinct among its peers--offering a business education within a larger liberal arts curriculum. In fact, Washington and Lee is the only top tier liberal arts college in the United States to claim a nationally accredited commerce school. The Williams School has been fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1927.

The school is led by Crawford Family Dean Larry Peppers and has 40 faculty members who teach in the departments of accounting, business administration, economics and politics, as well as a number of interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies and women, gender and sexuality studies. The Williams School is the proud home to the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Williams School touches most students at Washington and Lee University, regardless of major. About 40 percent of Washington and Lee students will choose to major in one of the Williams School's four disciplines, but even those who major in a discipline within the College will find themselves taking general education or elective classes in Huntley Hall and Holekamp Hall. Unlike many more traditional business schools, the Williams School does not set a cap on the number of students who may major in any of its disciplines. Students typically declare their major in the winter of their sophomore year.

The Williams School offers two degrees:

Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce

  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration and Accounting
  • Public Accounting

Bachelor of Arts

  • Economics
  • Politics

For a complete summary of courses offered by the Williams School, please consult the Registrar's website, which lists courses, general education requirements and major requirements.

What sets the Williams School--and Washington and Lee--apart from other institutions is its alumni network. Alumni go out of their way to recruit Generals. Each year, Williams School students earn prestigious fellowships, get into top-tier graduate programs and land jobs with the biggest names in business.