Recent Curriculum Innovations

After careful review, the undergraduate SPRING TERM was changed in 2007 from a six-week format to a four-week
experience in a single intensive course. Detailed information regarding the evolution of the Spring Term, as well as a list of innovative courses now being taught, may be seen at

The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics was established in 2010 through a gift from award-winning journalist Roger Mudd, a 1950 graduate of W&L. In addition to enhancing the university's ethics curricula and sponsoring symposia, lectures, conferences and other public events, the center continues the tradition of hosting professional institutes in the areas of business ethics, legal ethics, medical ethics and environmental ethics.

The J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship in the Williams School is an interdisciplinary center that helps students from across campus learn how to turn their creative ideas into successful business ventures. A liberal arts university is the ideal setting in which to foster entrepreneurship, and the Connolly Center provides them with the necessary tools to develop business plans that are both executable and fundable, and a supportive faculty and alumni community helps shepherd students' ventures from concept to business plan to launch and beyond.

The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability endeavors to educate our students about poverty and what can be done to foster human capabilities for communities and individuals who have been left behind in domestic and international development. The program integrates academic study and learning through service, including intensive summer internships throughout the United States.

The Integrative and Quantitative (IQ) Center, housed on the second floor of the Telford Science Library, is home to sophisticated imaging and computational instruments, and technology-rich teaching and meeting spaces that serve to engage students in a flexible, active hands-on learning environment. The mission of the IQ Center is to foster cross-disciplinary and quantitative approaches to inspire creativity and problem solving in teaching and research. The center is helping to prepare undergraduates to become leaders in science and math careers, as well as to produce scientifically curious and literate leaders in society, regardless of career emphasis.