Academics & Majors

At Washington University, we offer the highest quality academic and extracurricular programs, along with the flexibility, opportunities, and encouragement to develop your full potential.

At Washington University, you can discover and develop who you are and what you want to be. We treat your intellectual, personal, and professional growth as our top priorities. We listen and respond to your interests and needs. We help you prepare for a career. And we believe that you will get where you want to be by becoming an analytical thinker, a problem solver, and an effective communicator.

Our medium-sized university has approximately 6,000 full time undergraduates, but you are also part of a smaller college or school where you receive lots of individual attention.

Your classes will be reasonably sized. Over 75 percent of our undergraduate classes have from one to 24 students. While some of your classes may be larger at first, they generally become smaller as you ​progress in your chosen field.

You can create your own path at WUSTL. Choose one major or more. Add a minor in an area that intrigues you. Cross the boundaries among academic disciplines in our five undergraduate divisions:

We're known for our flexibility, and we can help you find your direction.

ua_photo-sm_0054__PK_8583.jpgWe’re committed to interdisciplinary studies because we recognize the intermingling of academic disciplines can energize new pursuits and discoveries. Seventy-six percent of our students earned a major and a minor, or more than one major. Thirty-three percent completed requirements for two majors. And some students earned degrees from more than one WUSTL school.

Study Abroad

Understanding other cultures, languages, and countries is important, whether you’re a historian, psychologist, scientist, architect, artist, corporate executive, or environmental engineer. WUSTL offers many ways to incorporate international study into your undergraduate program.

You can take advantage of more than 100 high-quality study abroad programs. Through an elite network of international institutions, WUSTL connects students and faculty in research, course work, service, and language learning abroad, allowing students to earn credit toward their degrees on summer, semester, and full-year programs.

Each year our undergraduates study in more than 50 different countries—from art and architecture in Italy to earth sciences in New Zealand, to service learning Chile and Kenya, to mathematics in Hungary, to pre-med in France, to biomedical engineering in China, to research and business internships in Germany. Also, a new interdisciplinary program open to all undergraduates and leading to a Global Certificate develops global competence.

For more information on study abroad, please visit the Overseas Programs website.​