Programs of Study

Becoming a woman who gets things done means being confident in what you know and how to use it. Sweet Briar’s academic programs emphasize intensive intellectual exploration and risk-taking — a great match for your persistence and energy. Whatever your major, you’ll learn how to turn problems into opportunities and put knowledge and insights together into a greater, infinitely more rewarding whole.

An academic calendar designed for the way you learn.

You learn different things in different ways — shouldn’t your college experience reflect that?

We think so. At Sweet Briar, we don’t have the typical 15-week semester that seems to stretch on forever. You’ll have 12-week classes that encourage you to go broad and deep, alternating with a three-week session that can be intensely experiential and hands-on. Do an apprenticeship, go abroad, take coding, create an environmental artwork in collaboration with an artist from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Three Centers of Excellence highlight hands-on, collaborative and interdisciplinary learning.

The three centers of excellence are:


Majors and/or Minors

Ancient Studies (Minor)
Archaeology (Minor)
Archaeology and Ancient Studies [Tracks: Ancient Studies, Archaeology] (B.A.)
Biology (B.S. | Minor)
Business (B.A. | Minor)
Chemistry (B.S. | Minor)
Dance [Options: Performance, Teaching] (Minor)
Economics (B.A. | Minor)
Elementary Education and Teaching (B.A.)
Engineering Science (B.S. | Minor)
English and Creative Writing (B.A. | Minor)
Environmental Science (B.S. | Minor)
History (B.A. | Minor)
History and Image (Minor)
Interdisciplinary Studies [Self-designed major] (B.A.)
Mathematics (B.A. | Minor)
Music (Minor)
Musical Theatre (Minor)
Performing Arts [Tracks: Dance, Music, Theatre] (B.A.)
Philosophy (B.A. | Minor)
Physics (Minor)
Political Science (B.A. | Minor)
Psychology (B.A. | Minor)
Studio Art (Minor)
Theatre (Minor)
Visual Arts [Tracks: History and Image, Studio Art] (B.A.)

Certificate Programs

Arts Management
Equine Studies [Concentrations: Management, Teaching and Schooling]
Leadership in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Teacher Licensure

Biology (6-12)
Chemistry (6-12)
Dance Arts (PreK-12)
Elementary Education (PreK-6)
English (6-12)
History and Social Science (6-12)
Mathematics (6-12)
Special Education General Curriculum (K-12, add-on endorsement)
Theatre Arts (PreK-12)
Visual Arts (PreK-12)

Pre-professional and Programs of Interest

Self-designed study of foreign languages


Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)