Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Major Program Requirements

A major program within a single discipline requires at least 30, but no more than 48, credits. All must be graded credits. Students must take at least one-half of the major program at Mary Washington, earning a grade-point average of 2.00 in the courses. Many students complete two major programs to satisfy diverse personal or career interests. Students who intend to “double major” should read the section titled “Second Degree or Post-Baccalaureate Major.”

In addition to majors in the traditional arts and sciences disciplines, the University offers a B.A./B.S Special Major Program. A student and faculty advisor may design a special major program by selecting, from two or more departments, courses that define a coherent field of concentration. Examples of recently approved special majors include programs in Biochemistry, Creative Non-Fiction Writing, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Public Affairs, Journalism, and Rhetoric and Communication. Any student interested in developing a special major program must apply to the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee prior to completing five courses in the proposed special major program. The approval of the Committee is required before a special major program can be undertaken. Additional details about special majors are available here.

To see the requirements for a particular major, use the selection box at the top of this page or click on one of the majors in the list at the left side of this page.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) Major Program Requirements

A BLS student may select from many liberal arts majors offered by the University or may choose the Leadership and management major, which is available only to BLS students. A BLS student may also create an approved, coherent interdisciplinary BLS Special Major from the offerings of at least two departments. Additional details about the BLS Special Major are available here. At least fifteen credits in the major must be earned at the University of Mary Washington. Students must also earn a grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in the major/concentration area. BLS students who intend to “double major” should read the section titled “Second Degree or Post-Baccalaureate Major.”