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Washington and Lee University, Virginia

Washington and Lee University, Virginia

About Washington and Lee University, Virginia

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for two men who played pivotal roles in the University's history: George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive, and Robert E. Lee, who provided innovative educational leadership during his transformational tenure as president of Washington College from 1865 to 1870.

The University is located in the historic city of Lexington, Virginia (population 7,000), a warm, welcoming and historic college town located in the Great Valley of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains. W&L’s 35 principal buildings include the picturesque Washington College group forming the Colonnade facing Lee Chapel, where Robert E. Lee is buried. The Colonnade and Lee Chapel are National Historic Landmarks.

The ninth oldest institution of higher education in America, Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. Offering 37 undergraduate majors and 29 minors, including a number of interdisciplinary programs, the University prides itself on the depth and breadth of our curriculum, in which traditional liberal arts courses are augmented by offerings from the only fully-accredited business school and fully-accredited journalism program among the nation's top-tier liberal arts colleges.

Course Offered

  • Accounting
  • Africana Studies Program
  • Anthropology and Sociology Department
  • Arabic
  • Art and Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Department
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chesapeake Bay Program
  • Chinese (East Asian Languages and Literatures Department)
  • Classics Department
  • Computer Science
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures Department
  • East Asian Studies Program
  • Economics
  • Engineering (Physics and Engineering Department)
  • English Department
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • French (Romance Languages Department)
  • Geology Department
  • German and Russian Department
  • Greek (Classics Department)
  • Health Professions
  • History Department
  • Italian (Romance Languages Department)
  • Japanese (East Asian Languages and Literatures)
  • Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Latin (Classics Department)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Mass Communications (Journalism and Mass Communications Department)
  • Mathematics Department
  • Medieval and Renaissance
  • Middle East South Asia Studies Cohort
  • Music
  • Neuroscience Program
  • Philosophy Department
  • Physical Education
  • Physics and Engineering Department
  • Politics
  • Portuguese (Romance Languages Department)
  • Poverty Studies
  • Psychology Department
  • Religion Department
  • Renaissance Studies (Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program)
  • Romance Languages Department
  • Russian (German and Russian Department)
  • Russian Area Studies Program
  • School of Law
  • Science
  • Shepherd Program
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish (Romance Languages Department)
  • Teacher Education
  • The College
  • The Sciences at W&L
  • Theater, Dance and Film
  • Williams School
  • Women's and Gender Studies Program
  • Writing Program
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