With 24 departments and 35 majors, a majority of students decide to study in one of these five: Economics, General, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Chemistry, General, Art/Art Studies, General, English Language and Literature, 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.

Top Majors and Programs - Most Popular Degrees in 2018 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
American/United States Studies/Civilization 6 6 100% 0 %
Anthropology 3 3 100% 0 %
Art/Art Studies, General 44 35 80% 9 20%
Asian Studies/Civilization 3 2 67% 1 33%
Astronomy 2 2 100% 0 %
Astrophysics 1 1 100% 0 %
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 55 41 75% 14 25%
Chemistry, General 45 26 58% 19 42%
Chinese Language and Literature 5 3 60% 2 40%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 3 0 % 3 100%
Comparative Literature 7 5 71% 2 29%
Computer Science 34 10 29% 24 71%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 4 80% 1 20%
Economics, General 97 27 28% 70 72%
English Language and Literature, General 36 24 67% 12 33%
Environmental Science 3 3 100% 0 %
Environmental Studies 3 2 67% 1 33%
French Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
Geology/Earth Science, General 11 7 64% 4 36%
German Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
History, General 32 16 50% 16 50%
Japanese Language and Literature 5 1 20% 4 80%
Mathematics, General 34 14 41% 20 59%
Music, General 1 0 % 1 100%
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 9 7 78% 2 22%
Philosophy 8 5 63% 3 38%
Physics, General 4 2 50% 2 50%
Political Science and Government, General 25 15 60% 10 40%
Psychology, General 27 23 85% 4 15%
Religion/Religious Studies 1 0 % 1 100%
Social Sciences, Other 18 6 33% 12 67%
Sociology 4 2 50% 2 50%
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 100% 0 %
Statistics, General 2 0 % 2 100%
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