Our Programs

Washington & Jefferson College provides a top-ranked four-year, co-ed liberal arts education. We offer 32 majors and several minors and concentrations in a variety of rewarding fields, including our internationally-recognized pre-law and pre-health programs.

At W&J, you’ll have access to pre-professional and special programs, emphases, concentrations, and other academic opportunities. Our small class sizes assure that you’ll receive personal attention while you study, and our collaborative curriculum ensures a college experience tailored to you.

Accounting

Study “the language of business” at W&J College, and prepare for a variety of positions in the public and private sectors. The Accounting program will help you develop technical competency in accounting, while stressing critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills.

African-American Studies

Learn about the experiences and central contributions of African Americans to American culture in this concentration. Develop the knowledge, skills, and perspective needed to engage questions of diversity, inclusion, and social justice through the study of African-American experiences.

American Studies

Examine American life, history, and culture, and consider the U.S. relationship with the world in this concentration. Learn about both majority and minority perspectives in American life, and develop a useful background for careers in law, government, writing, the arts, international affairs, and others.

Arabic

Learn a language that is increasingly important in modern social, economic and humanitarian settings. From energy production and the realignment of international politics, to questions of religion and philosophy, Arabic and those who speak it will remain at the center of inquiry for years to come.

Art Conservation

Build experience in cultural preservation built on chemistry, art, and art history in this minor. Explore your interests in fields of cultural preservation, library science, art history, and materials science through the study of Art Conservation.

Art Education

Get prepared to teach art in a classroom setting while enhancing your personal creative and artistic abilities. You’ll have the opportunity to seek specialty education certification in art by completing the art education major and an education minor.

Art History

Learn historical and contemporary art movements, and familiarize yourself with art, artists, and aesthetics and an understanding of the artistic process. Through the Art History program, you’ll analyze visual art and artists in relation to the issues of their time and how it relates to our world today.

Biochemistry

Draw upon the strengths of both Biology and Chemistry to prepare yourself for work or study in biomedical sciences and medicine. The Biochemistry major provides an advising structure, research opportunities, instrumentation, and committed faculty to support a rigorous interdisciplinary program.

Biological Physics

Investigate the physical problems presented by biological systems, applying physics principles and techniques to gain new insights into the processes of life. Participate in meaningful research as you prepare for careers in medicine or research through this interdisciplinary major.

Biology

Explore the function of living things through modern instrumentation and methodologies in the laboratory and in the field. Master biological concepts and develop scientific competencies necessary to be critical thinkers, successful professionals, and responsible citizens in the Biology program.

Business Administration

Develop fundamental knowledge in economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and management—disciplines essential to a career in management. You’ll develop important business skills while engaging with opportunities for research, internships, and networking that will help secure your future.

Chemistry

Learn the central science that connects biology, physics, medicine, environmental sciences, neuroscience, and engineering. Conduct one-on-one research with faculty members, and present your work at regional and national conferences as part of W&J’s American Chemical Society certified program.

Child Development and Education (CDE)

Explore how children learn using a holistic approach, focusing on development from birth through childhood. This program combines coursework in education and psychology to provide students with a firm grounding in developmental psychology and the principles of elementary instruction and assessment.

Chinese

Prepare to successfully communicate and interact in Chinese-speaking cultures and communities with W&J’s Chinese language program. Participate in opportunities like semester-long study in China, and prepare for careers in translation, linguistics, and international affairs.

Communication Arts

Develop habits of perception and expression that prepare you for success. Gain historical insight, theoretical literacy, and practical opportunities in the Communication Arts with this program at W&J College.

Computational Science

Develop the technical skills required for computational research or data-driven professional work with this concentration. Learn about programming, data mining, databases, and networking to solve problems in fields outside CIS.

Computer Science

Prepare for graduate work focused on the foundational and theoretical underpinnings of the computer sciences with this emphasis for CIS majors.

Computing and Information Studies (CIS)

Gain a solid grounding in coding and production and formal modeling and analysis with this program. Learn problem solving and effective communication skills while addressing issues in computational thinking, visual culture, interaction design, data science, systems development, and security.

Conflict and Resolution Studies

Discover interdisciplinary and international perspectives on the causes of conflict and the possibilities of resolution. Embrace the study of interpersonal, intergroup, and societal conflicts in different cultures around the world in this concentration.

Data Science

Focus on the use of computer modeling, visualization and analysis over large data sets in this concentration for CIS majors. Use these skills to solve complex problems derive meaning from confusing data.

Digital Media

Improve your digital literacy and creative problem solving skills in this emphasis for CIS majors. Focus on how people communicate meaning through innovative contexts capitalizing on various digital media.

Earth and Space Science

Gain a scientific appreciation of the natural world with this program for non-science majors. Strengthen your critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative skills as part of a complete liberal arts curriculum at W&J College.

East Asian Studies

Combine courses in languages, arts, humanities, and social sciences to gain a full understanding of East Asian culture in this minor. Learn Mandarin Chinese or Japanese to interface with native speakers and other primary sources in this program.

Economics

Develop a strong foundation in economic theory and think critically about complex economic and social issues on both domestic and global scales in W&J’s Economics program. Challenge yourself with opportunities to learn and communicate complex economic ideas through critical thinking and independent research.

Education (Teacher Certification)

Prepare to become one of our nation’s finest teachers with this cutting edge, hands-on education program at W&J College. Enjoy an excellent job placement rate well above the average for colleges and universities in Pennsylvania after you achieve your teacher certification.

Engineering

Begin your engineering and applied science dual-degree program in an intensive liberal arts environment, building a core of foundational skills in communication and scientific and mathematical competency. Finish your studies at one of W&J’s partner institutions to achieve two degrees simultaneously.

English

Learn to read with comprehension, insight and appreciation, and to write with competence, grace, and authority in both academic and practical settings. Get prepared for careers that require communication skills, creative expression, cultural breadth, and the ability to analyze and produce written material.

Entrepreneurship

Develop your understanding of value creation and value assessment as the critical overlay to the study of business and entrepreneurship in this concentration. Interact with business founders, owners and executives to benefit from their real-world experiences as you complete your studies at W&J.

Environmental Science

Combine biology, chemistry, computing sciences, environmental policy, and mathematics to understand and tackle the issues of the environment in this highly interdisciplinary program. Connect with the material directly by participating in faculty-lead and independent research on modern issues like mine reclamation and invasive species.

Environmental Studies

Engage with environmental issues caused by climate change, ecological degradation, and other sources in this program of study. Learn the science, policy, aesthetic, social, and economic aspects of the issues, and get prepared with the essential skills to solve these complicated problems.

Finance

Develop the foundational knowledge of finance appropriate for entry-level positions in financial service organizations, graduate study in business, or graduate study in finance. Take advantage of internship opportunities, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom to round out your understanding of finance.

First Year Seminar

Join all first-year students in the Fall Term for an intensive study of a focused topic and an introduction to the intellectual life of the College. Make a smooth transition to college-level work while emphasizing academic skills like critical reading, thinking, and analysis.

Forensic Science

Learn the specialized fields of forensic science and the fundamental principles of science and technology on which they are based with this minor. Get introduced to evidence collection and scientific analysis, data collection and interpretation, laboratory procedures, forensic psychology, and the criminal justice system.

French

Engage with a globally important language of trade, culture and political systems spoken by more than 200 million people on five continents by studying French at W&J College. Learn to communicate in culturally appropriate ways with French speakers of diverse francophone communities.

Gender and Women’s Studies

Become a critical and creative thinker, able to analyze gender through interdisciplinary connections and multiple cultural perspectives. Work closely with Gender and Women’s Studies faculty in discussion-centered courses and independent research on issues of gender, sexuality, and the ways these shape human experience.

German

Develop the skills, knowledge, and qualities necessary to communicate and interact in German-speaking cultures around the world. Tailor the major to your cultural and career interests through independent studies, internships, and funded international opportunities.

History

Prepare for work in fields related to history, or to go on to graduate and doctoral work in historical study, law, or related fields. Pursue opportunities for independent study and internships, and take advantage of focuses on American, European, and East Asian history.

Human Resource Management

Explore the management of human capital in organizations with this emphasis offered by the Psychology and Business Administration programs.

Interaction Design

Develop effective interfaces for information systems through understanding the issues involved in designing computing systems in a human-centric manner. Learn the theories and techniques of Interaction Design in this emphasis for CIS majors.

Interfaith Leadership Studies

Acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional and civic leaders in a religiously diverse society. Combine perspectives from several academic disciplines in this program to understand social, political, and cultural contexts of diverse religious traditions, and the implications of interfaith relationships.

International Business Administration

Prepare for an active role in today’s world of global commerce. Participate in study abroad experiences and international business internships, while learning from courses in the science and art of business language and cultural courses.

International Studies

Learn a broad range of international issues through course offerings from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Take advantage of opportunities for in-depth study of a geographical area of the world through area emphasis, language studies, and study abroad programs.

Latin American Studies

Learn about the many facets of Latin America including its literature and history, society and culture, economics and politics, languages, arts, and environment. Study the Latino/a experience in the United States, and delve into global issues that impact the indigenous and ethnically diverse communities of Latin America.

Marketing

Explore consumer behavior, market research, and international marketing in this emphasis for business administration majors.

Mathematics

Develop the careful logic, deep thinking, and creative ideas that characterize mathematical thought and contribute to responsible citizenship in the Mathematics program at W&J. Prepare for advanced degree programs and careers like data analytics, banking, and actuary science.

Media Studies

Prepare to ask and answer questions about film as artistic expression in this emphasis for communication arts majors. Learn how technical, social, and historical constraints shape cinematic storytelling practices, and how different audiences in different times and places may interpret specific films differently.

Mind and Language

Examine language and the mind through a combination of courses in several disciplines with the minor in Mind and Language. Prepare for graduate study in English, Philosophy, Linguistics, or other interdisciplinary programs.

Music

Learn music as an integral part of the liberal arts education at W&J College. Participate in performance ensembles including choral, jazz, wind and chamber, and improve your technique in private lessons with exceptional performers drawn from across the region.

Neuroscience

Focus your research interests in a variety of levels of nervous system functioning, from the activity of a single neuron to the complexity of behavioral systems. Complete coursework in biology, chemistry, philosophy, physics, and psychology in this Major and Minor.

Operations Analytics

Discover the analysis of productivity, continuous process improvement, and customer-focused quality with this emphasis for the Business Administration major.

Philosophy

Explore the fundamental questions of existence, knowledge, meaning, and value through W&J’s philosophy program. Enrich your mind with challenging questions, careful analysis, rigorous argumentation, and creative problem solving while mastering a core of discipline-based knowledge.

Physical Activity & Wellness

Develop behaviors and habits conducive to healthy living and being in a program that emphasizes individual agency and initiative. Learn how to make responsible decisions about your health and wellness, including appropriate responses to physical, emotional, and environmental stresses.

Physics

Learn the principles and techniques scientists use to describe our physical universe using hands-on laboratory work. Develop skills like data acquisition and analysis, computation, fabrication, and scientific communication that will serve you in research or in industry.

Political Science

Prepare for successful careers in political science-related fields, including academia, government, law, or international affairs by mastering discipline-specific knowledge. Use practical political experience to expand your understanding of civic responsibility in a global community.

Pre-Health Professions

Begin your path to a career in the health field with dedicated on-campus resources. Enjoy special admission agreements with multiple universities for health professional school after achieving your bachelor’s degree.

Pre-Law

Prepare for admission to law school in a program with an acceptance rate of approximately 90%. Get the support you need to make it into the graduate program of your choice with guidance on course selection, taking the LSATs, and preparing law school applications.

Professional Writing

Develop the skills you need to write accurate, clear, non-academic prose for a variety of audiences and situations. Learn how to research and analyze a wide range of topics, manage social media for professional purposes, and write and design compelling documents in a variety of media.

Psychology

Employ scientific methods in laboratory and field settings to learn about behavior and the variables that affect it. Prepare for graduate programs, medical and professional schools, and careers in psychology with a variety of experiences designed to apply psychological content and skills to your career goals.

Public Policy

Learn analytical skills and substantive knowledge for understanding and analyzing complex policy issues in today’s world. Acquire a broad knowledge base on the economy, government, and public policy, and emphasize a particular policy area with a required internship.

Public Relations

Acquire the skills for graduate study or participation in the enterprise defined by the Public Relations Society of America as “a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics” in this emphasis for the Communication Arts major.

Religious Studies

Discover the role of religion in human life and society, and the wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, psychology, philosophy, and gender studies in this minor. Hone your critical thinking and communication skills while learning about diverse religious traditions and a context for self-reflection.

Russian

Understand how the Russian Federation seeks to consolidate its position in the emerging power structures of the 21st century with this program. Learn history, language, and cultural tradition as part of this interesting and timely field of study.

Russian Area Studies

Learn to communicate and interact in Russian-speaking cultures around the world with the skills, knowledge, and qualities imparted by this minor. Study language and grammar, literature, film, and more in this interdisciplinary program.

Sociology

Prepare to investigate and navigate the social world with studies in sociology at W&J College. Tackle academic experiences within and outside the classroom while preparing for graduate studies or careers in a variety of fields.

Spanish

Learn to communicate and interact in Spanish-speaking cultures and communities around the world with the skills and knowledge imparts by this program. Customize your studies of language, grammar, literature, and film to suit your cultural and career interests.

Studio Art

Hone your creative thinking skills and work on your visual expression through a series of studio courses starting with foundations of drawing and design. Work toward exhibiting in the senior art show at the Olin Fine Art Gallery to complete the program.

Theatre

Gain appreciation for and develop skills in the writing, staging, performance, and analysis of theatrical productions through this emphasis. Learn to participate knowledgably in multiple aspects of the creation of works performed before a live audience.

Thematic Emphasis

Design your own original course of study to complement an existing major. Showcase your initiative and creativity with a special selection of courses that explore a specific focus relevant to your interests.

Thematic Major

Build an individualized curriculum around a particular theme and explore interrelationships between academic disciplines with a Thematic Major. Study across two or more departments or programs to pursue an academic discipline that is not necessarily available in the traditional educational scheme.

Web and Mobile Technologies

Start on the path to a career in web and mobile application development with this emphasis for the CIS major. Focus on both the design issues and the production and implementation issues central to delivering content over web and mobile platforms.