Environmental Studies at W&L At Washington and Lee, we take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. Faculty and students from the sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, and law are involved in this approach through research, the curriculum, exchange abroad opportunities and a variety of co-curricular activities, including numerous public lectures, service learning projects, monthly luncheon seminars, internships, as well as, outdoors activities. Students develop disciplinary expertise and an understanding of how insights from different disciplines complement each other. This is not only a unique academic experience, but also one that expands the students’ ability as citizens to be aware of the scientific, ethical, and policy issues they will face in their local communities, their professions and in their broader world community.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Initiative The newest HHMI grant initiative (2012-2016, $1 million) seeks to make science more accessible to all students, to retain more students in STEM areas, to provide transferable skills to those students who seek other majors and to develop their scientific curiosity, literacy, creativity and the confidence to speak knowledgeably about science issues.
Neuroscience Program Neuroscience is one of Washington and Lee's oldest interdisciplinary programs. Our first major graduated in 1990 and since that time many students have successfully completed the neuroscience curriculum. The mission of the program is to foster an environment of collaborative research wherein students learn discipline-specific knowledge, analytic and scientific thinking and ethical principles of research through close interactions with faculty members actively engaged in basic neuroscience research. Coursework in this program serves to provide background and context for the research activities that are the core experience for our students.