It's time to start thinking about the courses you might take in your first semester at Sewanee, and we've gathered everything you'll need right here.

Find Your Academic Passion

steps to completing your Course Selection form:

Step 1: Watch the above video!

Step 2: Review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Step 3: Look over all the available courses for incoming First-Year Students or Transfer Students.

Step 4: Make a list of twelve (12) different courses from the First Year Course Listings:

(4) courses should relate to your areas of academic interest (including a potential major--but know that all incoming students are considered "pre-major": you'll get to explore before committing!);

(4) courses should be in new and intriguing disciplines you want to explore;

(4) additional courses that you find interesting, including courses that seem challenging--but you're up for the challenge! 

Step 5: Complete all prompts and submit the twelve courses on your Course Selection Form on your Applicant Status Page from June 8 to June 30. 

See here for additional tips on the course selection process.

Academic Guides

Academic Guides will build you a balanced schedule of four classes from the twelve you select. They will do so based on the preferences and interests you express on your Course Selection Form (CSF), and will also keep information in mind from your academic inventory, student life requests, athletics, and more. In early August you will receive an email announcing that your schedule is ready to be viewed with instructions on how to access it. As you work through the CSF, be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions for help.


While these faculty members have their own areas of specialty, they are all experienced advisors who are qualified to discuss all areas of our curriculum. You can email the Guides or set up an appointment (see below).


You can also call the Guides at 931-598-3646; this phone is staffed Mon.-Fri., 1:30 - 3:30 Central time. If you don't reach a Guide, please send an email with your question.

For this year, your Academic Guides are:

Dr. Don Rung

Dr. Rung holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Dr. Rung currently teaches in Sewanee's French and French Studies department.

Dr. Mark Preslar

Dr. Preslar hold a B.A. from Arizona State University, an M.A. from University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He has also completed coursework at Moscow State University and Leningrad State University. Dr. Preslar currently teaches in Sewanee's Russian department.

Dr. Lauryl Tucker

Dr. Tucker teaches in the Department of English and has published articles about the work of Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, and Stevie Smith. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between gender and humor, and she is currently working on a book about queer parody in early 20th-century British novels. As do all English professors, she also teaches English 101, discussing the subtleties of Shakespearean drama with her first-and second-year students while teaching them how to write more creative, persuasive, and compelling essays..

Dr. Katherine Theyson

Dr. Theyson has been honored for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and teaches a variety of courses including: Microeconomic Theory, International Trade, International Finance, Health and Development, Econometrics, and Research Seminar. Prior to pursuing her graduate education in economics, Dr. Theyson received her B.A. in chemistry from North Carolina State University and worked as an organic and medicinal chemist.