The College is the heart of the W&L liberal arts education. It is the home of twenty-one departments, four interdepartmental majors, and seven interdepartmental programs. Students may earn either the B.A. or B.S. degree in forty different majors, and may also pursue one or more of fifteen minor programs, including Creative Writing, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Environmental Studies, and Museum Studies.
The Provost's Office oversees and supports the work of faculty, academic deans and directors, registrar, information technology services, athletics, and other programs, committees, and functions central to the academic life of the University. The Provost works with other leaders to recruit and retain faculty, students and staff of the highest caliber and to empower them to do their best work together to achieve the outstanding student outcomes that are promised in the institutional mission statement. The Provost also works directly with the President and other Vice Presidents to develop annual budgets and priorities, promote student development, and advance the institution through fund-raising and communication strategies.
The Provost's Office drives activities that move the institution toward the goals implicit in the University's strategic plan and mission statement. On a day to day basis, progress depends on providing the faculty and administrators with accurate and timely information; maintaining sound policies that are applied consistently; effectively distributing resources; and leading with ideas, planning and implementation strategies. A few examples of exciting new academic endeavors are: the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity, Revitalization of the Undergraduate Spring Term, Teacher-Scholar Initiative, Sloan Program for Faculty Career Flexibility, and Revision to the Third Year Law curriculum.