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Colleges / Washington University in St. Louis

WashU Academics

Washington University in St. Louis requires a minimum of 120 semester hours to complete a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal.

WashU does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, WashU has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 94% of students who started college at WashU finish the requirements for graduation within six years.

WashU offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Which Courses Do I Have To Take at WashU?

WashU has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students do not need to fulfull a language requirementor a math or science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at WashU

When choosing a major, WashU students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at WashU below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. WashU does not require a senior project for all students.

Does WashU Offer Learning Disability Services?

WashU offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does WashU Offer Online Classes?

WashU does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.

Does WashU Offer Credit for AP Classes?

WashU offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does WashU Have An Honors Program?

WashU does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College..

Does WashU Require Internships?

WashU does not require an internship for any students. Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While WashU does not require internships for students in any majors, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

WashU has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at WashU include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

Dual Degree Programs at WashU

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

WashU offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in engineering - 3-2 dual degree program in business administration - 3-2 dual degree program in social work - Art, occupational therapy, physical therapy

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WashU Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Management and Policy
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture
Architectural Technology/Technician
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
American/United States Studies/Civilization
East Asian Studies
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
European Studies/Civilization
Latin American Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Area Studies, Other
African-American/Black Studies
Women's Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Computer Science
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Information Technology Project Management
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Engineering, General
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering
Construction Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Comparative Literature
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Korean Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Arabic Language and Literature
Hebrew Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law
Comparative Law
Tax Law/Taxation
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Writing, General
Creative Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Molecular Biophysics
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Botany/Plant Biology
Botany/Plant Biology, Other
Developmental Biology and Embryology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
Molecular Genetics
Human/Medical Genetics
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
Environmental Biology
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Financial Mathematics
Statistics, General
Behavioral Sciences
International/Global Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Cognitive Science
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Philosophy, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General
Materials Sciences, Other
Psychology, General
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Psychology, Other
Public Policy Analysis, General
Social Work
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
Medical Anthropology
Economics, General
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Urban Studies/Affairs
Social Sciences, Other
Dance, General
Design and Visual Communications, General
Fashion/Apparel Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Medical Scientist
Public Health, General
Environmental Health
Behavioral Aspects of Health
Public Health, Other
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Somatic Bodywork
Movement Therapy and Movement Education
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Organizational Behavior Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science
Business Statistics
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
History, General

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