About Washington & Jefferson College (W&J)

Washington & Jefferson College is a private liberal arts and sciences college located 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our dedicated, experienced professors are passionate about teaching and work closely with our students to ensure that they receive a quality, comprehensive education. Our entire community is focused on student success. To that end, we offer an On-Time Graduation Guarantee, opportunities to study all over the world through our Magellan Project and a committed staff of career counseling experts.

For more than 200 years, our alumni have been influencing change in business, politics, the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, state representatives, doctors, researchers, writers and teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions.

Mission Statement

The mission of Washington & Jefferson College is to graduate people of uncommon integrity, competence, and maturity who are effective lifelong learners and responsible citizens, and who are prepared to contribute substantially to the world in which they live.

To this end, the College promotes the development of skills, knowledge, personal qualities and a worldview that characterizes a well-educated person. All components of the living and learning environment at W&J are designed and intended to support this mission.

Why W&J?

Vision Statement

Washington & Jefferson College is recognized nationally as a highly selective, residential, student-centered liberal arts college with an exceptional record of producing future leaders, whose graduates are prepared for a breadth of life opportunities and professional success. Toward that end, W&J asserts its place as Pittsburgh’s premier liberal arts institution, a role it has played for more than 230 years. More broadly, it is known as a robust community of engaged and intellectually curious faculty, staff, and students.

Outside the Classroom

W&J highly values educational experiences that take our students outside of the classroom, such as internships, experiential and service learning, and student-faculty collaborative research that often leads to conference presentations and publications. In addition to activities directly linked to the academic programs Washington and Jefferson College is known for the Magellan Project that provides students with the support and funding necessary to pursue their own self designed summer research projects and the Washington Fellows Program, a selective program for exceptional students who want to challenge themselves in distinctive ways during their years at the College.

Strong Alumni Support

A key strength and resource of the College are its alumni; in addition to financial support, W&J alumni serve as active mentors and networkers for students. For more than 200 years, W&J’s distinguished alumni have been influencing change in business, politics, and the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, state representatives, doctors, researchers, writer and teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions. They are the best examples of an advertisement for the positive trajectories our current students wish to pursue, and they and the members of the Board of Trustees give generously of themselves to help current students.

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

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BA

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The dual-degree Engineering program combines the strengths of a liberal arts education and specialization in a field of engineering, with stronger training in basic scien ... [+]

The dual-degree Engineering program combines the strengths of a liberal arts education and specialization in a field of engineering, with stronger training in basic science and a broad education including communication skills.

Students in this program spend three years at W&J and two years at an engineering school. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Bachelor of Arts degree from W&J and a Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering field from the partner school.

Partner schools include Columbia University, Case Western Reserve University, and Washington University. Students may also complete their engineering studies at another school with an engineering program.... [-]

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The Accounting program prepares students for careers in public accounting, private business and not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities. ... [+]

The Accounting program prepares students for careers in public accounting, private business and not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities.

Accounting is often called "the language of business." As with any language, to comprehend its meaning one must not only read it, write it, and speak it but also understand the context in which it is communicated. Within the college’s liberal arts environment, the accounting program develops students' technical competencies while stressing critical thinking and analytical abilities as well as written and oral communication skills. Additionally, the importance of ethical considerations and the significance of the interdisciplinary nature of societal problems are emphasized as we help students prepare for careers in public accounting, private business and not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities.... [-]

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The Art Education major, associated with the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Education, prepares students to teach art in a classroom setting, whi ... [+]

The Art Education major, associated with the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Education, prepares students to teach art in a classroom setting, while also enhancing the students’ personal creative and artistic abilities.

A major requires 10 courses, including but not limited to world art, twentieth-century art, 2-D and 3-D design, drawing, a ceramics studio and a painting studio, and principles of art education. In addition, as a capstone experience, departmental majors must present a senior art show.

Students may seek Specialty Education (grades PreK-12) Certification in Art by completing the Art Education major and an Education minor consisting of those courses required for Specialty Education (grades PreK-12) Certification.... [-]

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The Computing and Information Studies program has the dual mission of preparing students to take a leadership role in information technology, independent of the career or ... [+]

The Computing and Information Studies program has the dual mission of preparing students to take a leadership role in information technology, independent of the career or graduate education paths they pursue and of contributing to the interdisciplinary uses of information technology across the Washington & Jefferson Curriculum.

The C.I.S. curriculum combines aspects of history, sociology, psychology, communication, art, design, science, and mathematics. The program stresses problem-solving and effective communication skills while addressing issues in computational thinking, visual culture, interaction design, information management and analysis, systems development, and security. Students select from a range of electives while continuing a course of study that provides a solid grounding in effective coding and production, as well as user-focused design and interaction, and formal modeling and analysis.... [-]

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The Environmental Science major includes courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computing and information studies, giving students the ability to address environ ... [+]

The Environmental Studies Program equips students with the knowledge, tools, and opportunities needed to engage with environmental issues spawned from the dynamics of climate change, ecological degradation, globalization, economic activity, and societal values.

Our Program’s mission is to graduate men and women who are environmentally literate, socially responsible, effective problem solvers and agents of change for the benefit of society, nature, and themselves.

The Program seeks to instill a personal sense of environmental stewardship that includes an appreciation and understanding of sustainability from ecological and socioeconomic perspectives.

Courses in the Program empower students with necessary scientific, technological, and critical thinking skills. Internships and independent research provide opportunities for practical application of acquired knowledge and skills.... [-]

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The Psychology major teaches students to employ empirical methods to learn about behavior and the variables that affect it, in preparation for graduate programs, professi ... [+]

The Psychology major teaches students to employ empirical methods to learn about behavior and the variables that affect it, in preparation for graduate programs, professional and medical schools, and/or careers in psychology or related fields.

Coursework includes, but is not limited to, Experimental, Social and Abnormal Psychology; Physiological Psychology; Sensation and Perception; Drugs and Behavior; and numerous laboratory research courses. Students have the option to complete an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Neuroscience.

Additionally, the Child Development and Education major is offered by the Department of Psychology in cooperation with the Department of Education. Students majoring in Child Development and Education may seek teacher certification in Early Childhood (PreK-4) or Upper Elementary (4-8).... [-]

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60 S Lincoln St Washington, PA 15301
15301 Washington, Pennsylvania, USA