Welcome from the Dean

The presence of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics is among the most unique features of the undergraduate academic program at Washington and Lee University. All students, regardless of major, are eligible to take coursework in economics, business, and politics in the Williams School. The mission of the Williams School is set forth below:

Dean Larry PeppersIn the Williams School, we educate students in the liberal arts tradition, preparing them to lead and to serve society and their professions with competence, vision, and integrity. Through our teaching and scholarship, we create and share knowledge about the role of commerce, economics, and politics in a diverse and global society. The mission of the University uniquely conditions the academic setting and environment in which the Williams School operates. Small class sizes allow faculty to focus on the development of analytical skills, writing and oral communication, and moral and ethical issues interwoven throughout business and public administration.

In addition to a rich array of traditional courses, students can participate in a number of unique off-campus opportunities--competitive business internships, study abroad with Washington and Lee faculty, and the Washington Term Program. The Williams Investment Society is a student run organization that functions as an independent investment manager for a portion of the University's endowment. The W&L Student Consulting Group provides pro bono consulting services for small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Graduates of the Williams School follow many different paths-from investment banking to public accounting to public service to law school (just to name a few). Our graduates are in high demand from top companies across the US and abroad and are routinely admitted to the premier graduate schools worldwide.

Please feel free to send your questions to me via e-mail: peppersl@wlu.edu

Larry Peppers
Crawford Family Dean, Williams School