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Interdisciplinary Programs

Africana Studies Program

Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that examines the culture and experiences of African people and those who make up the African Diaspora throughout the world. Relevant courses come from a variety of disciplines including literature, history, sociology, economics, politics, art and music.

Education Policy Minor

A minor in education policy requires completion of at least 18 credits, distributed as follows. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine credits that are not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor.

Environmental Studies Program

The Environmental Studies major and interdisciplinary minor require an understanding of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. These programs are designed to educate students in a broad class of issues related to the environment and humanity’s place in the natural world.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore the civilization, culture, and society of the various sub-regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, the program examines how its cultures have been shaped by the meeting of Amerindian, African, and European peoples as well as the modern-day commonalities and diversity within the region.

Shepherd Poverty Program

Washington and Lee's Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability integrates rigorous academic coursework with co-curricular service to disadvantaged communities and persons. It supplements and enriches the education of W&L undergraduate and law students in all majors and career paths, and nearly 20 percent of the student body participates in a Shepherd Program course.

Women's and Gender Studies

The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) program at Washington and Lee University offers students both the opportunity to complete a multi-disciplinary minor in feminist and gender studies and a stimulating co-curricular environment in which to develop as intellectual and community leaders. Founded in 2001, the WGS is a vibrant academic program that links the classroom with the world and offers the theoretical basis for activism and social change.