Academics

More than a classroom.

Wake Forest is proud of our willingness to interrogate limits, to push ourselves toward discovery. We want to support research that expands our worldviews, helps us come to terms with the world’s complexity, and shapes and reshapes our interpretations of said complex world.


A Day in the Life

Check out a day in the life of our Wake Forest professors and students, who work together daily to meet the world’s needs.


Wake Forest biology students work in the microscopy lab viewing flagellar parasites

A Major Fit

Wake Forest prides itself on its reputation for outstanding academics. A student may choose to pursue study in one or more of its forty-five academic majors and a wide variety of minors. However, the education our students receive will extend well beyond these choices.

Following the liberal-arts ideal, we encourage and expect each student to take courses in a host of areas, including numerous classes in literature and languages, math and the natural sciences, religion, history, and philosophy, the social and behavioral sciences, and the fine arts.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Most Wake Forest students choose to study abroad. In fact, 80% of our undergraduates have an academic study-abroad experience. This number is among the highest in the nation and puts us perennially in the Top Five for study-abroad participation. Many of those courses are directly through Wake Forest. We own three residential-house programs in London, Vienna, and Venice. (We’re actually the only Top Thirty national university to own three international houses.) We operate other semester-length, center-based programs in Spain, England, Japan, Chile, and France. All give time for scholarly pursuit—but also the experiential sort, allowing time to wander, explore, and discover.

ZSR Library

ZSR Library

Our Z. Smith Reynolds library is the winner of the national Association of College & Research Libraries “Excellence in Academic Libraries” Award — no mean feat. See why here.

Research at Wake Forest University

Student Research

Through our Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center, we help students find professors, and vice-versa, to explore shared areas of interest, showcase their research, alert them to funding opportunities, and provide support for class, conference, and publication work.

Academic advising

Academic Advising

No one does this alone, and your advisor is here to help keep busy and exciting from becoming overwhelming.