Majors, Minors, and Courses of Study


The University of Mary Washington offers several majors, special major options and certificates for course of study.


Students may request to pursue a special major, an interdisciplinary program approved on a case by case basis. A student with their faculty advisor may design a special major program by selecting, from two or more departments, courses that define a coherent field of concentration.  Any student interested in developing a special major program must follow the guidelines and apply to the Curriculum Committee prior to completing 15 credits in the proposed special major program.

The approval of the Committee is required before a special major program can be undertaken. The student must complete the Special Major Application. BA/BS students and BLS students follow different procedures for the approval of a special major.


Allow students to gain expertise in an area beyond their major field of study, a student may elect to pursue programs of studies designated as minors. Minors are offered by departments and consist of no fewer than 15 and no more than 28 credits. At least three minor courses must be at the 300-400 level.

All minors are approved by the Curriculum Committee.


The College of Education offers, as electives toward the bachelor’s degree, courses designed to prepare the liberal arts student to meet requirements for licensure as a teacher.

Full details for all courses of study in education are found in the education section of the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

The University also offers a number of graduate programs in Business and Education.

Course Areas

UMW offers courses but does not offer formal majors or minors in pre-dental, pre-med, and pre-veterinarian areas. Faculty advisors assist students in selecting the courses they should take in order to be well prepared for pursuing these career paths.

*University of Mary Washington is an affiliate of the George Mason University Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Patriot Battalion.

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