Jun 18, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog


Academic Advising

Lindsey Love, Senior Director for the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

website:  https://www.wm.edu/as/undergraduate/strategies-planning/undergraduate-academic-affairs/index.php

Academic advising is recognized at William & Mary as a natural extension of the teaching responsibilities of faculty members because it is crucial to the educational development of students.  With sound academic advising, students can plan an exciting and coherent liberal arts education that prepares them to reach their personal and professional goals.

At William & Mary, academic advising is housed within the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The OUAA assigns faculty advisors to incoming students.  New students, including entering transfer students, meet with their faculty advisors three times in their first year at William & Mary; at these meetings they plan a program of study that suits their interests and that meets the university’s academic regulations and requirements.  Students must attend these meetings in order to register for the following semester.

Although students may change their advisor by submitting a request to the OUAA, most retain their initial advisor until they declare their major, which is usually in the sophomore year.  When students declare, they are assigned an advisor by the department, program or school in which they are completing a major. Students declaring two majors are assigned an advisor in both majors. For details on when students can or must declare a major, see the Catalog section, “Majors & Minors  .”

Students preparing for careers in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, law, engineering, education or business should consult with the pre-professional faculty advisors for these programs.  In addition, all students can supplement the guidance of their faculty advisor by consulting the professional advisors who staff the OUAA.

William & Mary Libraries

Carrie Cooper, Dean of University Libraries
(757) 221-INFO

          Website: www.libraries.wm.edu

Mission and Services

William & Mary Libraries provide the spaces, resources, technology, and expertise to support and enhance learning, research and scholarship. Universities of the highest caliber, like William & Mary, must have a library system of equal stature. William & Mary Libraries strives to be an exceptional organization and a fundamental partner in teaching and learning.

We place tremendous value on our users, and we try to anticipate their needs and spark their curiosity with our collections, services, and facilities. Our services are often individualized and high-touch: we offer over a 1,000 one-on-one consultations with students every year, teach hundreds of classes, and host events for groups aligned with our mission.

Our libraries, especially the Earl Gregg Swem Library, are popular with students and faculty; last year our users visited our campus libraries 1.16 million times, an impressive number for a library system at a small-sized university. Each year we record more visits than the year before, a trend that stretches back more than a decade. Other busy and innovative branches include the Wolf Law Library, Music Library, School of Education’s Learning Resource Center, Hargis Library at VIMS, McLeod Business Library, and reading rooms in Physics and Chemistry.

We, at William & Mary Libraries, are committed to fostering an environment where diversity, inclusion and equity are viewed as fundamental to our mission. We strive to create a climate of belonging, which we believe promotes self-agency, participation, collaboration and innovation.


Approximately 120 high-end PCs, each loaded with a large suite of productivity applications and specialized course software, are located on the first floor. Computers in the adjacent Learning Center classroom are available for use when classes are not scheduled. There are numerous open network ports for laptop connections, and each floor is configured for wireless access. Thirty-two group study rooms are located throughout the library for group collaboration and presentation practice. A makerspace provides multiple high-end 3D printers, sewing machine, vinyl cutter and button making machine for students to use.


W&M Libraries’ e-resources are extraordinary: hundreds of databases, tens of thousands of e-journals, streaming audio and video collections, and millions of e-books, both newly published and digital primary sources from the beginning of the print era. Our physical collections include over 1.2 million books; 50,000 rare books; thousands of periodicals; 2 million archival, manuscript, and other primary source materials; and media in a wide range of formats. Lastly, our digitized collections comprise exhibits of original content from the beginning years of the university to the papers of Thomas Jefferson. Together, these collections constitute a resource of major importance to the institution and researchers everywhere. Library resources can be accessed via the online catalog at http://libraries.wm.edu.

Research Services

Librarians teach students to use online licensed materials, emphasize the value of print in the research process, introduce students to primary and historical resources, and expose them to the larger world of information. Students can connect with research librarians in person or by phone, email, text or online chat to discuss a class assignment or for advice on finding, evaluating and using library resources. More info at https://libraries.wm.edu/about/contact-us.


Swem Library shares building space and active partnerships with the Writing Center, Tribe Tutor Zone, Academic Advising, Center for Geospatial Analysis, and similar services that offer assistance to undergraduates.

W&M students, faculty and staff receive library privileges at the Williamsburg Regional Library with their W&M ID, including those who do not live in Williamsburg, James City County or York County.

Circulation and Reserves 

The Circulation and Reserves Department helps patrons identify and locate materials in the library; answers questions about library policies; manages patron records; checks out library materials and equipment, and manages course reserves. All of the library’s materials are available for use within the library, and most items can be borrowed for use outside the building. The W&M ID card serves as the library card for students, staff, and faculty. All patrons have access to their account by visiting clicking on “My Account” located below the catalog search box. Contact the Circulation and Reserves Departments at 221-3072 or libraries@wm.edu.

Interlibrary Loans

If a book, journal article, or other item is not available at W&M, it can usually be borrowed from another library. Articles usually arrive within 2-3 days; books within a week. Requests for materials may be submitted at https://libraries.wm.edu/services/borrowing/interlibrary-loan-ill​. Questions? Contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at (757) 221-3089 (option 1) or sweill@wm.edu.

Reeder Media Center

Swem Library’s Reeder Media Center services are available to W&M students, staff and faculty. Production studios are equipped with a wide array of software and hardware for the creation of multimedia projects. With a full-time staff, loanable production equipment, and an array of industry-standard software, the Media Center is capable of supporting a wide range of multimedia projects from pre-production to post-production to digital distribution. Contact the center at https://libraries.wm.edu/services/media-services or (757) 221-1378.

Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center includes university archives, manuscripts and rare books, as well as unique collections such as the papers of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. University archives documents the history of William & Mary from its founding in 1693 to the present through student publications, photographs, official records, artifacts, memorabilia, and other materials relating to the college. The manuscript collections include letters, diaries, journals, scrapbooks, business records, and other items that cover everything from social movements to the day-to-day experiences of people from all walks of life. The rare books collection includes books dating from the 1400s to today, and focuses on Virginia history, gardening and natural history, religion, dogs, book arts, travel, science, and medicine. For more information, visit https://libraries.wm.edu/research/special-collections​.

Library Hours

Swem’s normal operating hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. During final exams, the library stays open 24 hours. Hours vary throughout the year, especially during interim periods and holidays,  Visit https://libraries.wm.edu/ to confirm Swem hours and to check operating hours for the branch libraries

William & Mary Libraries Staff

For a full directory of staff in W&M Libraries, visit https://libraries.wm.edu/staff-directory

Division of Student Affairs

  Virginia M. Ambler Vice President for Student Affairs
  Stacey G. Harris Dean of Students
  Maggie S. Evans Associate Vice President for Campus Living
  R. Kelly Crace Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness
  Vacant Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement & Leadership
  Gregory M. Henderson Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Finance and Administration and Chief of Staff
  Anna L. Mroch Director of Student Affairs Planning & Assessment

Student Health Center

Dr. David Dafashy, Director
McLeod-Tyler Wellness Center
(757) 221-4386

             Website: www.wm.edu/health

The Student Health Center provides a full-range of primary care services including the evaluation, treatment and prevention of all kinds of acute or chronic physical, mental and social health issues. Our clinical staff includes Board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners, registered nurses, laboratory technicians, a pharmacist, and several support staff, all of whom deliver high-quality patient care to full time students at the university. The Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) has awarded the Student Health Center at William & Mary another three-year term of accreditation. This accreditation affirms that the Health Center meets and will continue to demonstrate the attributes as reflected in the standards of the accrediting body. The Student Health Center is accredited through 2025.

There is fee for office visits, as well as a fee for certain services, labs, pharmacy and medical supplies. Information about fees and charges can be found on our website. All matters between a student and the Health Center staff are confidential and will not be released without the student’s written consent (except in the case of life threatening situations, medical emergencies, severe emotional or psychological distress, or when required and/or permitted by law).

Virginia state law requires all full-time students who are enrolling in a four-year public institution to provide a health history and an official immunization record. The university further requires all full-time students (including previously matriculated students) as well as any other student eligible for services as determined by their department (i.e. Language House tutors, students with an approved underload, or transfer students) to provide documentation of the same immunization requirements and health history. This form will not be accepted if the physician completing and signing the form is a family member. Previously enrolled students who are reentering as full-time students after an absence of 2 years or more must update their forms to meet current requirements. Additionally, enrolled students who are reentering as full-time students after an absence from campus of 6 years or more must resubmit the entire form. This information MUST be submitted on William & Mary’s Health Evaluation Form. In order to be eligible for medical care, students must have paid a Health Fee for the current semester and completed the Health Evaluation Form. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the following actions: prevention from registering for classes, ineligibility for non-urgent medical care at the Student Health Center, the assessment of a fine on your student account, and may also result in eviction from the residence halls and/or removal from campus (depending on the medical issue).

The university requires all full-time undergraduate and graduate students admitted Fall 2006 or after and all F-1 and J-1 international students to have health insurance coverage throughout the school year as a condition of enrollment. These students will be enrolled in the university-endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan and the cost will be billed to their student account in two installments (fall and spring semester) UNLESS proof of other adequate health insurance coverage is furnished. Students who already have health insurance for the entire academic year must submit a waiver request by the posted deadline each academic year and the waiver request must be approved to avoid being enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. All other full-time undergraduate and graduate students admitted prior to Fall 2006 are not required by the university to have health insurance coverage but are eligible to enroll in the college-endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan on a voluntary basis. It is the student’s responsibility to verify whether or not the charge has been billed to your student account. If there is a billing error, you should contact the Student Insurance Coordinator immediately. To access the waiver or enrollment request forms and for more information about the insurance requirement or the university-endorsed insurance plan, please visit www.wm.edu/health/insurance.

Dean of Students Office

Stacey G. Harris, Dean of Students
Sadler Center, 368
(757) 221-251

Website:  www.wm.edu/deanofstudents

The Dean of Students Office advocates for student needs, acts as liaison between students and academic departments, and provides support designed to enhance personal growth and instill a sense of personal authority and responsibility in each student. Their dedicated team of professionals assist students with any aspect of college life and provide programs and services that develop students intellectually, socially, and ethically.

The Dean of Students Office consists of five departments:

  • Academic Wellbeing
  • Care Support Services
  • Parent & Family Programs
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Community Values & Restorative Practices

Counseling Center

Dr. Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, Director
McLeod-Tyler Wellness Center
(757) 221-3620

Website:  www.wm.edu/counselingcenter

The Counseling Center supports the mental and emotional wellness of the community by offering  a range of prevention and intervention services to William & Mary enrolled students.  Our services include educational programming, short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention, psychiatric services, and referrals within and outside of the university, based on the specific student’s need. Tele-mental health is an option currently offered to students.

The Counseling Center counts with a diverse group of mental health professionals: psychologists, counselors, social worker, psychiatrist, sport psychology consultant, who possess different social identities, and attend to the diversity of the student body. All staff members are trained, experienced, and sensitive to the needs and concerns experienced by university students.

Appointments may be made by calling the Counseling Center at 757-221-3620 or by coming to the Center in person. Office hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For urgent concerns and/or emergencies, students can reach to a counselor after-hours and on weekends by calling 757-221-3620.

The Cohen Career Center

Kathleen I. Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development
180 Stadium Drive
(757) 221-3231

Website:  www.wm.edu/career

We are partners in the educational process, supporting students and recent alumni, by empowering them to navigate career possibilities. The Cohen Career Center works with students and recent alumni by supporting one-on-one career advising appointments; career education programming; assisting with resume, cover letter, graduate/professional school search and interview preparation to include mock interviews.  Providing access to career opportunities that include full-time, internships, externships, part-time, and volunteer through the Tribe Careers database.  The Career Center serves all undergraduate students of all majors, as well as graduate and professional students in Arts & Sciences, Marine Science (VIMS), School of Education and for on-campus recruiting Master of Accounting and Master of Business Analytics students. 

Center for Student Diversity

Dr. Kimberly Weatherly, Assistant Dean & Director
Sadler Center
(757) 221-2300

Website:  www.wm.edu/studentdiversity

The Center for Student Diversity strives to foster inclusion, collaboration, and relationship-building within our campus community. The Center provides academic, social, and transition support for underserved and underrepresented students and promotes exchange and dialogue between individuals of diverse backgrounds and identities. We also serve as an information center, providing training and resources to the campus and local Williamsburg community regarding multicultural and diversity topics.

The Haven

Liz Cascone, MSW, Director
Sadler Center, 146P
(757) 221-2449


The Haven is a confidential, welcoming, and inclusive resource center for those impacted by sexual violence and harassment, relationship abuse and intimate-partner violence, stalking, and other gender-based discrimination. The Haven welcomes all who may have questions or concerns, who need timely safety information and resources, and who are seeking support and connection. The Haven is a place where students can go without a report being made to the school. Trained peer Confidential Advocates, as well as the professional staff of The Haven, are confidential resources. Confidential resources are NOT required to report incidences of sexual violence and harassment, relationship abuse and intimate-partner violence, stalking, and other gender-based discrimination to William & Mary. This allows students to get timely health and safety information, support, and resources, hear about reporting options, learn about academic support and campus modifications, and other remedies before taking further action. Most faculty and staff are considered mandated reporters. Please keep this in mind before disclosing your own, or your friends, experiences of harassment, assault, or abuse. The Haven offers several opportunities for survivors to connect with others who have had similar experiences through a variety of different groups, sessions, or workshops. 

Student Accessibility Services

Kara Fifield, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Accessibility Services 
Sadler Center, 181
(757) 221-2512

Website:   www.wm.edu/sas

Student Accessibility Services strives to create a comprehensively accessible living and learning environment to ensure that students with disabilities and diagnosed conditions are viewed on the basis of ability.  The Student Accessibility Services Team considers reasonable accommodation on an individual and flexible basis in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The decision to request accommodation is voluntary and a matter of individual choice. Students seeking accommodation are strongly encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services and submit all supporting documentation early to allow adequate time for planning.


Care Support Services

Jenny Call, Director
Sadler Center, 161


Care Support Services provides outreach, advocacy, and support services that assist and empower students in identifying and managing interpersonal, academic, and wellness concerns. When students face significant challenges to their mental, physical, and social health, we help in identifying and accessing resources both on and off campus to meet student’s needs. Please be aware that Care Support Services is not an emergency response department; please contact WMPD or 911 for emergencies.


The Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement

Kathleen I. Powell, Chief Career Officer, Associate Vice President for Advancement
180 Stadium Drive
(757) 221-3231

Website:  www.wm.edu/career

We are partners in the educational process, supporting students and recent alumni, by empowering them to navigate career possibilities. The Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement works with students and alumni by supporting one-on-one career advising appointments; career education programming; assisting with resume, cover letter, graduate/professional school search, career and internship search, and interview preparation including mock interviews.  Providing access to career opportunities by bringing employers and recruiters to campus, through fairs and events, that include full-time, internships, externships, part-time, and volunteer, as well as postings on TribeCareers, our employer, student, and alumni career engagement platform.  The Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement serves all undergraduate students of all majors, and all class years, as well as graduate students in Arts & Sciences, Marine Science (VIMS), and the School of Education.

Reves Center for International Studies

Teresa Longo, Associate Provost for International Affairs
200 South Boundary Street
(757) 221 - 3590

The Reves Center for International Studies is the home of the Office of International Students, Scholars and Programs, the Global Education Office and the Global Engagement Team at William & Mary.  Our mission is to support and promote the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community involvement at W&M, and we do this through programs for international students and scholars, education abroad and global engagement across the university. 

The Global Engagement Team (GET) assists with the planning and implementation of a number of internationally focused programs, events and initiatives designed to celebrate W&M’s international community and to facilitate cross-cultural exchange, as well as hosting endowed lectures and events that bring world-class scholars, analysts, artists, public figures and other distinguished guests to campus. Initiatives include publishing and promoting a variety of publications with an international angle and managing the Reves Room, which is available for internationally focused events hosted by W&M departments, offices, programs, and faculty or staff-sponsored student organizations for official events. The Global Engagement Team also manages a variety of funding opportunities to assist faculty and students undertaking international research, conference attendance and internships. Additionally GET oversees the emergency communications and 24/7 emergency response related to university-sponsored international travel, monitors international developments and assesses risk for overseas travel.

International Students, Scholars, and Programs (ISSP)

Eva Wong, Director
200 South Boundary Street
(757) 221 - 3590

The mission of the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs is to support and advocate for the success of William & Mary’s international community.

We foster the personal, cultural and intellectual development of both the university and global community through holistic, collaborative programs and services.

Our key areas of support and programs include:

Student Support
We provide comprehensive immigration and visa services, sponsoring the F-1 and J-1 student visas.

We support students’ transition and success through programs such as International Student Orientation and the Virtual Conversation Partner Program.

In partnership with the Office of Parent & Family Programs, Student Transition Engagement Programs and Advancement, we offer special admitted student programs abroad for incoming international students and their families.

Community Engagement
Programs such as the International Family Network provides both a support network for the spouses and family members of international students and scholars as well as an avenue to connect with the broader local community.

Our funding programs focus on expanding opportunities, recognizing achievement, supporting students with financial hardship, and promoting diversity in the student body.

Leadership Development
Student leadership development is integrated into most of our programs. For example, the International Student Advisory Board helps students to develop peer mentoring and advocacy skills.

Advocacy and Outreach
Understanding the difficulty our international community often face in navigating various aspects of life on and off-campus, our office serves as an advocate for their needs and concerns. Examples of such advocacy efforts include work with Dean of Students and Counseling Center on student crisis management and working with Academic departments and offices on climate concerns.

globe@wm.edu ; www.wm.edu/offices/revescenter/issp


Global Education Office (GEO)

Sylvia Mitterndorfer, Director
200 South Boundary Street
(757) 221 - 3594

William & Mary has long recognized its responsibility to provide a global perspective to its curriculum so students gain the international understanding necessary to be informed citizens. The university encourages students to view study abroad as an educational objective and recognizes this in the COLL curriculum through COLL 300. When planned in advance and integrated into a student’s on-campus academic plan, study abroad can be integral to the liberal arts education, providing cultural enrichment, personal development and intellectual challenge. Typically more than 56% of undergraduate students participate in study abroad by the time they graduate.

The Global Education Office (GEO) assists students with every stage of the study abroad process, collaborates with faculty and departments to develop study abroad programs in line with the educational mission of W&M, and serves as the home for incoming exchange students. The office also administers specialized incoming international programs for students and professionals, including for English language training. Located on the second floor of the Reves Center, the GEO facilitates the university’s study abroad programs including undergraduate academic year/semester exchange and sponsored semester study abroad programs, as well as W&M faculty-led study abroad programs during the summer, winter break, and other university breaks.  We administer more than 45 W&M-sponsored study abroad programs in more than 25 countries.  In addition, through GEO, students have the opportunity to enroll in over 200 non-W&M study abroad programs. Thanks to the generosity of private donors, typically GEO also awards more than $700,000 in need- and merit-based study abroad scholarships each year.  For more information on credits earned through study abroad, see the catalog section, “Transfer Credit for Enrolled Students.”

William & Mary currently has partner university agreements with some of the top institutions internationally, including the University of Adelaide (Australia), Vienna University of Economics & Business (Austria), McGill University (Canada), Tsinghua University (China), the Universities of Exeter and Nottingham(England), Cardiff University (Wales), Institut d’Études Politiques de Lilles (France), Paul Valéry University, Montpellier III (France), Akita International University (Japan), Keio University (Japan), Leiden University (The Netherlands), St Andrews University (Scotland), the National University of Singapore and Yonsei University (South Korea). W&M-sponsored semester programs are currently offered in La Plata (Argentina), Oxford University (England), Montpellier (France) and Seville (Spain). Please note that availability of specific programs varies each year. Students are encouraged to contact the Global Education Office and check the website at www.wm.edu/studyabroad.

Summer and winter break faculty-led study abroad programs are sponsored by W&M in around 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and others.  New programs are developed regularly and the complete program list can be found at studyabroad.wm.edu.

In addition, GEO administers the Keio University/ William & Mary Cross Cultural Collaboration program, which allows for Japanese and American students to study together questions of cultural difference and national identity in Williamsburg during the summer.  GEO also supports the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) as well as various specialized English language training programs.

Tel. (757) 221-3594; Fax (757) 221-3597