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The second-oldest college in the United States and the oldest university in Scotland are forming an unusual joint degree program.

Starting in fall 2011, students may enroll at either the College of William & Mary or the University of St Andrews in Scotland and complete a four-year bachelor's degree split between the two schools. The degree will bear the insignias of both.

W&M was founded by royal charter in 1693. St Andrews -- dating to 1413 -- is the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme (note cool British spelling) will allow joint degrees in economics, English, history and international relations. The idea is to "blend the best elements of William & Mary's liberal arts education and the more specialized curriculum at St Andrews, where students select an area of concentration during the university application process and take more courses in a major area of study," according to a W&M release.

The program(me) will begin with 20 students at each college. Students will spend year one at their home school, year two abroad, and will split their final two years between the two campuses. W&M's Board of Visitors has already approved the program; it awaits action by the Court of the University of St Andrews on Friday.

"William & Mary began more than three centuries ago as a trans-Atlantic experiment and today we move forward with another international initiative, a quintessentially 21st-century one," said Taylor Reveley, W&M president, in the statement.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  May 19, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Liberal Arts , Pedagogy , Publics  | Tags: College William Mary, University St Andrews, WM joint degree program; College William Mary joint degree  
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Isn't St. Andrews where Prince William went?

Posted by: Silly_Willy_Bulldog | May 20, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Silly, quick thought:
what if blending with a distinctively different culture, say, partner with an institution in Japan or China... or even somewhere in Latin America... the usual study aboard program, yes, can help, and yet, probably not institutionalized yet...

Interesting tread, thanks for the good reporting.

Posted by: knowledgenotebook | May 20, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Very interesting idea from President Reveley (glad to see he will continuing as W and M President)

Posted by: wm02 | May 20, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This sounds like a great idea. Good luck trying to find people who can afford to send their kids to Scotland. Been to Scotland....beautiful country with friendly people. Just take some sweaters and rain gear.

Posted by: panamajack | May 20, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Great! More resources being devoted to the liberal arts when what we need to compete in the world economy with China and India are more engineers and scientists.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | May 20, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Those 18-20 are also adults. It's good that the College of William and Mary and the University of St. Andrews will be cooperating in a study which will allow students to be in Scotland and the United States in a program called the St. Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 21, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Marvelous idea.

Posted by: franciskiley | May 21, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Marvelous idea.

Posted by: franciskiley | May 21, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

c_e_daniel, I don't see what's wrong with a college such as William and Mary devoting resources to the liberal arts... William and Mary is, after all, a liberal arts institution. They don't HAVE an engineering program. Also, this program features English, History, International Relations, and Economics. International relations is, in my opinion, totally applicable to competing in the world economy, and at my school, as is economics (which, food for thought, is considered a science at some institutions. It's a part of the College of Science at Virginia Tech).

Posted by: sarahee | May 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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