Although the principle function of Williams is to provide a broad and solid liberal education that will be of lasting value no matter what the vocation
a student may pursue, the College recognizes that no fundamental conflict exists between a liberal education and preparation for a professional career;
on the contrary, a foundation of liberal studies increases professional competence in any field. A student should plan his or her program of study so as to
provide as much educational breadth and enrichment as circumstances permit. A student should also give serious consideration to post-college plans
early in the college career.
Each departmental major provides the foundation for graduate study in the corresponding field. Students should consult the departmental programs
listed under "Courses of Instruction" for requirements, and for special advice regarding preparation for graduate study. Students should also consult
with the appropriate departmental chairman or the special faculty advisors as early as possible in their college careers to make certain they have taken
all the necessary factors into consideration.
Particular attention is called to the foreign language requirements of graduate study. Candidates for the degree of doctor of philosophy at almost all
graduate schools are required to have a reading knowledge of both French and German. Under certain circumstances another language may replace
French. Many graduate schools require also a knowledge of Latin for students of English and Romantic Languages. Candidates for the master of arts
degree are required to have a reading knowledge of either French or German. Students should consult departmental chairmen or the faculty advisors for
the requirements in specific fields of study.
Students interested in graduate studies in art or architecture should meet with faculty with whom they have completed advanced work in the areas
they wish to pursue. Their counsel and that of the Department of Art Academic Advisor, Ed Epping, can help the student narrow the search of pro-
grams that would best match the student's needs. The specific requirements of all art and architecture schools offering Master of Arts and/or Master of