Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences

Our nearly 30 majors in the College of Arts and Sciences prepare graduates for leadership roles in local, national, and global communities. Distinctive about the University of Mary Washington is its emphasis on meeting the learning needs of undergraduates through innovative teaching, personalized advisement, and strong support for undergraduate research and active learning. We are proud of our historic Honor Code, which represents our long term commitment to building a strong community. Our relatively small size insures that every student gains significant attention and mentoring from our award winning faculty. Few colleges of our size offer the range of programs we sponsor, from English to Arabic, Computer Science to Environmental Science, and from Women’s and Gender Studies to Historic Preservation.

At Mary Washington, we stress collaborative learning, individual intellectual development, and respect for diverse points of view because we believe that these activities enable graduates to be effective in a rapidly changing, interconnected world. An undergraduate major in the liberal arts develops for each student critical thinking, clarity of expression, and a breadth of knowledge that provides the firmest foundation for professional success, personal fulfillment, and productive participation in society.

Students engage with many learning communities while in the College of Arts and Sciences: they join with their entering class in courses which build their skills and their sense of opportunity; they develop close ties through their major or majors; and they connect to local and national communities through internships, service learning, and community service. Their broad curricular choices encourage students to explore personal interests, meet diverse groups across campus, or prepare for specific graduate and professional programs, such as law, medicine, business, or social service. At Mary Washington, activities within and beyond the classroom promote the lifelong learning that makes our graduates successful in a wide variety of careers and universally respected by employers.

 Mission Statement:

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Mary Washington brings students together with faculty to create new knowledge while sustaining our global inheritance. Through problem solving, research, and creative work that takes place within a diverse community, students learn to analyze critically, value social responsibility, respect diverse viewpoints, communicate effectively, and thus prepare for leadership in rapidly changing environments.

Vision Statement:

The College of Arts and Sciences, the liberal arts core of the University of Mary Washington, will be a model for teaching and research that helps students discover and synthesize knowledge across disciplines, cultures, and eras. Challenging complacency by emphasizing creativity and social responsibility, the College will provide tools for independent learning that builds strong careers and community leadership.