With 24 departments and 35 majors, a majority of students decide to study in one of these five: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, English Language and Literature, General, Chemistry, General, Mathematics, General. Minors are known as “concentrations” at Williams College and there are an additional 12 available that are not offered as majors.

Williams elects to follow a four-one-four plan for their academic calendar, which results in the winter study term for three weeks. Many students choose to use this time to study abroad or work on research projects, but courses also include classes like Ski Patrol, Learn to Play Chess, and Inside Jury Deliberations.

All students attending the college will be required to take certain courses, including three in arts and humanities, three in social services, three in science and mathematics, two writing intensive classes, one in diversity, and one in reason mathematically and abstractly.

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
American/United States Studies/Civilization 8 6 75% 2 25%
Anthropology 4 3 75% 1 25%
Art/Art Studies, General 31 22 71% 9 29%
Asian Studies/Civilization 5 4 80% 1 20%
Astrophysics 3 2 67% 1 33%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 57 37 65% 20 35%
Chemistry, General 37 24 65% 13 35%
Chinese Language and Literature 6 4 67% 2 33%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4 1 25% 3 75%
Comparative Literature 10 9 90% 1 10%
Computer Science 22 5 23% 17 77%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 100% 0 %
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 89 27 30% 62 70%
English Language and Literature, General 48 30 63% 18 38%
Environmental Science 2 1 50% 1 50%
Environmental Studies 6 3 50% 3 50%
French Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
Geology/Earth Science, General 10 4 40% 6 60%
History, General 30 17 57% 13 43%
Japanese Language and Literature 3 1 33% 2 67%
Mathematics, General 34 14 41% 20 59%
Music, General 4 1 25% 3 75%
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 6 3 50% 3 50%
Philosophy 5 2 40% 3 60%
Physics, General 8 2 25% 6 75%
Political Science and Government, General 32 13 41% 19 59%
Psychology, General 32 25 78% 7 22%
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1 100% 0 %
Social Sciences, Other 10 3 30% 7 70%
Statistics, General 12 2 17% 10 83%
Women's Studies 4 3 75% 1 25%
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