Academics

Academics

As a liberal arts university, students are encouraged to study what interests them, pursue research as an undergraduate, and pursue global learning opportunities.  Our hands-on curriculum is designed to expose you to all we have to offer and help you develop the skills you need to get the most out of your education. 

W&L is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. The College is where you’ll find humanities, languages and sciences, as well as fine and performing arts. The Williams School offers accounting, business administration, economics, politics and entrepreneurship.

The College

The College departments and programs represent the liberal arts core of the University, ranging from the fine arts, the humanities, certain social sciences, journalism and mass communications, the natural and physical sciences, computer science, and mathematics.

The Williams School

W&L is the only top tier liberal arts college in the United States to claim a nationally accredited undergraduate business program. The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics is distinctive among its peers—offering a business education within a larger liberal arts curriculum—and most students take some classes there, regardless of major.

The Law School

One of the smallest of the nation's top-tier law schools, Washington and Lee University School of Law seeks to cultivate broad-minded, highly skilled, and honorable practitioners of law.  

Majors and Minors

Areas of Study
We offer 36 majors and 37 minors. You’ll be encouraged to dive in, explore, and discover connections that will broaden your perspective, enrich your education, and lend depth to your experience.

A Liberal Arts University

Educational Philosophy
We augment the liberal arts and sciences with offerings not commonly found at a small college. Our core curriculum, combined with the breadth of our course catalog, encourages students to make connections across disciplines.

Academics Leadership

Students are encouraged to get to know and utilize their deans and administrators.