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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University


Program Offerings

Academic Division: Williams

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Business
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Public Service
  • Teaching

Many Political Science departments at elite institutions look to draw clear distinctions between the theoretical and the practical. Not W&L. Politics at Washington and Lee is comprehensively and simultaneously linked to various academic disciplines, internship programs in Washington, DC, and New York City, study abroad, and a host of interdisciplinary programs. We offer a genuine liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century.

Program Highlights

  • While attending to questions of citizenship and civic engagement in the domestic sphere, the department offers a wide array of courses in global politics, specializing in Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The curriculum makes room for the study of languages, and encourages and supports foreign travel.
  • Boasting a student/faculty ratio of 10/1, the politics department offers an intimate setting that allows exceptional and motivated students to devise independent studies and honors theses on topics of their own choice.
  • The department's situation in one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, enables students to link politics and business, most prominently through a program that places students in the heart of New York's financial scene.
  • The study of politics at W&L includes opportunities to participate in our Mock Convention, publish in our Political Review, work with high school students in our Model UN program and engage in a host of community service projects.
  • Many politics majors have earned prestigious scholarships, such as Fulbright, Rhodes, Rotary, and Watson Fellowships.