Does W&L have a required core curriculum?
Yes. We believe strongly in exposing our students to the traditional liberal arts and sciences to complement what they are learning in their major field of study.
What does this mean?
Well, it does NOT mean that your whole first year of college if planned for you. Our approach to the core curriculum, which we call the Foundation and Distribution Requirements (FDRs), is flexible and gives you choices about what classes to take. There are plenty of courses that can satisfy your FDRs - some even in your own major. Far from cramping your style, FDRs are intended to be liberating! Have more questions? You can read more about FDRs on the Registrar's website.
What are W&L's First-Year Seminars?
The idea behind the First-Year Seminars is to give new students the chance to explore a field of study by focusing on a specific problem or issue within that field. The seminar is limited to 15 first-year students who work closely with the faculty member and produce papers or projects as the main work of the course.
Enjoy learning about the natural world? Study the geologic history of the area around W&L in the field-oriented General Geology seminar. Curious to know what effect all that surfing you've been up to is having on your communication skills? Sign up for The Wired Self: Communication Technologies, Society, and You. Want to know more about Islam and the Qur'an? Consider taking The Lives of the Prophet Muhammad. The topics are interesting, the class sizes are small, and you'll sharpen your critical reading and discussion skills in these and the other First-Year Seminars available this year.
What kinds of academic support can I expect at W&L?
W&L offers a range of academic support services, starting with your faculty advisor, a professor who will work with you every step of the way. Your advisor will keep an eye on your academic progress overall, and is a concerned advocate who can help you locate any specific support you might need. Our Academic Peer Tutoring Program is free and available to any student who needs a little help or just wants to get ahead in his or her classes. Also, W&L's Writing Center is staffed by upperclass students who are specially chosen because of their strong writing skills. They are available to work with you on your own writing as you develop papers for your classes.
Concerned about a disability or have an accommodation you might need? We will work individually with you to make sure you have the tools you need to succeed.