Academics

A liberal arts college in the Berkshire mountains really is the best place to study coastal boulder deposits. And income inequality. And modernity. And food sustainability.

Williams believes in undergraduates. With areas of study across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, opportunities to discover and pursue academic passions are unbounded. Accomplished scientists and scholars guide the journey—advancing knowledge and often blurring the lines between academic fields.

Tutorials

Distinctive in higher education, the Williams tutorial pairs two students and a professor in deep examination of a single topic over an entire semester. With more than 60 offered across the curriculum each year, tutorials are the antithesis of mass-delivered education and a defining Williams experience.

Research

If you want to conduct original research, Williams will provide the funding and the opportunity—in all fields, independently and alongside faculty, on campus and abroad, during the academic year and over the summer. More than 40% of Williams students conduct research with their professors, and 200 spend the summer on campus as fully funded research fellows in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Winter Study

January at Williams is Winter Study, a welcome change of pace between academic semesters. Whether students choose to take courses from the eclectic Winter Study curriculum, pursue collaborative or independent research, find an internship, or travel, they almost always stretch beyond their comfort zones. By the time the spring semester rolls around, they’re recharged, refocused, and ready to dive back into their studies.

Study Away

About half of Williams students study away during their time here. Students choose from a seemingly endless array of study away options for a semester or full year, or they take part in one of Williams’ distinctive study away programs: the Williams-Exeter Programme and Williams-Mystic Program.