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2014 - 2015 Graduate Catalog 
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The College of William and Mary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and first professional degrees and post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates.   Contact the SACS Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500, and  The Mason School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International); the School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA); and the School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  For more information, see the “Accreditation” page on the College’s website.

Correspondence Directory

To facilitate prompt attention, inquiries should be addressed to the following at the College of William and Mary, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795.

Academic Affairs

Michael R. Halleran, Provost

Admission - Undergraduate

Timothy A. Wolfe, Interim Associate Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admission

Admission - Graduate Studies

Virginia J. Torczon, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Arts and Sciences

Deborah A. Hewitt, Assistant Dean for MBA Programs, School of Business

Carol L. Tieso, Associate Dean, School of Education

Faye Shealy, Associate Dean, William & Mary Law School

Alumni Affairs

Marilyn W. Midyette, Executive Vice President, Society of the Alumni and Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement

Auxiliary Services

Cynthia A. Glavas, Director


Cathy Pacheco, Manager

Campus Police

Edgar A. Schardein, Interim Chief

Development, Annuities and Gifts

Matthew T. Lambert, Vice President for University Advancement

Diversity & Equal Opportunity

W. Fanchon Glover, Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant to the President

Fees and Expenses

Edmund A. Brummer, III, Director of Financial Operations


General Business Matters

Samuel E. Jones, Vice President for Finance

Anna B. Martin, Vice President for Administration

Information Technology and Telecommunications

Courtney M. Carpenter, Associate Provost for Information Technology

International Studies

Stephen E. Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Reves Center


Tatia D. Granger, University Ombudsperson

Records and Transcripts

Sara L. Marchello, Associate Provost and University Registrar

Strategic Initiatives, University Governance, University Relations and Creative Services

Henry R. Broaddus, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Student Employment, Student Loans, Financial Aid

Edward P. Irish, Director of Student Financial Aid

Student Life

Virginia M. Ambler, Vice President for Student Affairs

Swem Library

Carrie L. Cooper, Dean, University Libraries

Title IX Coordinator

Kiersten L. Boyce, Chief Compliance Officer

Mission Statement

The College of William and Mary, a public university in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Established in 1693 by British royal charter, William and Mary is proud of its role as the Alma Mater of generations of American patriots, leaders and public servants. Now, in its fourth century, it continues this tradition of excellence by combining the best features of an undergraduate college with the opportunities offered by a modern research university. Its moderate size, dedicated faculty, and distinctive history give William and Mary a unique character among public institutions, and create a learning environment that fosters close interaction among students and teachers.

The university’s predominantly residential undergraduate program provides a broad liberal education in a stimulating academic environment enhanced by a talented and diverse student body. This nationally acclaimed undergraduate program is integrated with selected graduate and professional programs in five faculties - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Law, and Marine Science. Masters and doctoral programs in the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences, business, education, and law provide a wide variety of intellectual opportunities for students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

At William and Mary, teaching, research, and public service are linked through programs designed to preserve, transmit, and expand knowledge. Effective teaching imparts knowledge and encourages the intellectual development of both student and teacher. Quality research supports the educational program by introducing students to the challenge and excitement of original discovery, and is a source of the knowledge and understanding needed for a better society. The university recognizes its special responsibility to the citizens of Virginia through public and community service to the Commonwealth as well as to national and international communities. Teaching, research, and public service are all integral parts of the mission of William and Mary.


In fulfilling its mission, William and Mary adopts the following specific goals:

  • to attract outstanding students from diverse backgrounds;
  • to develop a diverse faculty which is nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in both teaching and research;
  • to provide a challenging undergraduate program with a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that encourages creativity, independent thought, and intellectual depth, breadth, and curiosity;
  • to offer high quality graduate and professional programs that prepare students for intellectual, professional, and public leadership;
  • to instill in its students an appreciation for the human condition, a concern for the public well-being, and a life-long commitment to learning; and
  • to use the scholarship and skills of its faculty and students to further human knowledge and understanding, and to address specific problems confronting the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.

Code of Ethics

Integrity is one of the core values of the College of William & Mary. Thus, we are committed to lawful and ethical behavior in all of the university’s activities. At William & Mary, we insist that all members of the university community – our board members, employees, students, and volunteers – comply with all laws, regulations, policies and ethical norms applicable to them. More generally, we are to be honest, fair, and trustworthy ourselves and to take care that other members of the university community are also.

We, as members of the William & Mary community, will:

  1. Obey the laws, regulations, and policies applicable to our university activities.
  2. Protect and preserve university resources and ensure their proper use.
  3. Avoid both conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts.
  4. Safeguard confidential information.
  5. Make procurement decisions impartially and objectively.
  6. Maintain effective internal controls to safeguard the regularity and integrity of our activities.
  7. Treat other people with dignity and respect, ensuring there is no discrimination or harassment at William & Mary.
  8. Report any illegal or unethical action that comes to our attention, so the university can investigate and take corrective steps.

The College of William and Mary Diversity Statement

The College of William and Mary in Virginia is a community of teachers, students, and staff who share our national ideals of human equality, democracy, pluralism, and advancement based on merit. We give life to these principles and prepare young women and men to be citizens of the wider world when we value diverse backgrounds, talents, and points of view.

As a community, William and Mary believes that cultural pluralism and intellectual diversity introduce us to new experiences, stimulate original ideas, enrich critical thinking, and give our work a broader reach. We cannot accomplish our mission of teaching, learning, discovery, and service without such diversity.

William and Mary belongs to all Virginians, to the nation, and to the world. Yet our College, like our country, failed for many years to open the door of opportunity to all people. In recent decades, William and Mary has made itself a more diverse community, and thus a better one. Structures and habits that create injustices, however, have yet to be fully banished from American society. We are committed to eliminate those injustices at the College and beyond.

The College of William and Mary, a university on a human scale, strives to be a place where people of all backgrounds feel at home, where diversity is actively embraced, and where each individual takes responsibility for upholding the dignity of all members of the community.

-Approved by the William and Mary Board of Visitors on November 17, 2006

The Campus

William and Mary is a university community, small enough to provide for relationships that allow collaborative teaching and learning, large enough to have the resources to achieve excellence. An important aspect of this community is its location in the beautiful and historic city of Williamsburg, where it constitutes an integral part of the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. The partnership of the College, the City, and the Restoration, and the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities afforded to all students by this partnership, add to the quality of life and the quality of education at William and Mary.

The campus, comprising approximately 1,200 acres of land, extends from the western edge of the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg to Lake Matoaka and its surrounding wooded land. Within its boundaries are three contiguous sections known today as the Historic Campus, the Old Campus, and the New Campus, and, a short walk to the southeast, the William and Mary School of Law.

The Historic Campus is the site of three restored pre-Revolutionary buildings. The Sir Christopher Wren Building (1695, restored 1928-31), still in daily classroom use, is the oldest academic building in the United States. The Brafferton (1723, restored 1932), originally a school for Indians established with a bequest from the English scientist Robert Boyle, today contains administrative offices. The third building, the President’s House (1732, restored 1931), has served as home for each of the twenty-five presidents of the College.