The Department of Philosophy, "through a varied and extensive program of courses, presents students with past and present attempts to think critically and reflectively about fundamental questions of knowledge and value in order that they will be led to examine their own views. The study of philosophical problems in the spirit of free inquiry requires the student to develop and exercise the powers of precise discrimination, creative imagination, logical organization and evaluative judgment."
According to 1947 article in The Flat Hat, the Philosophy Department is the oldest department at the College of William and Mary.  Whether or not this is the case, the department is one of the six original chairs established at the college. As one a select few teaching Philosophy during the colonial period, the college also offered a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in addition to a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. 
- Philosophy Department webpage, http://web.wm.edu/philosophy/, accessed 25 February 2009.
- “Miller to read from Royal Grant; Cox to present 1700 Proclamation,” The Flat Hat, February 4, 1947, 1, , accessed 4 March 2009.
- "Passage of Years Brings Changes to W-M Campus," The Flat Hat, February 4, 1947, 10 , accessed 4 March 2009.