Sewanee's academic approach is not simply a liberal arts buffet of courses. Students here have an opportunity to dive deeply into the professional world through pre-professional tracks in health, business, education, engineering, and law.


Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program

In conjunction with its broader liberal arts offerings and its Babson Center for Global Commerce, Sewanee’s business minor offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that serves as outstanding preparation for a career in business. In addition to taking required courses in economics, accounting, finance, and business ethics, students specialize in one of three tracks—Managerial, International, or Finance. During their sophomore year, business minors may apply to become Carey Fellows in order to acquire additional leadership and business skills.

Pre-business Advisor: Katherine C. Theyson, Assistant Professor of Economics


Education Minor

Sewanee offers a minor in education that prepares students for graduate programs in teaching, research, administration, and other areas of education. The University also has an agreement with the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University for those wishing to pursue graduate study in elementary, secondary, early childhood, special education, and additional fields.

Education Advisor: Mae Wallace, Professor and Director of Teacher Education


Pre-professional Engineering Program

Engineers put to practical use scientific discoveries and, by so doing, alter our way of life. Because of the narrow scope of many engineering programs, several leading engineering schools cooperate with selected liberal arts colleges to combine the professional training found in the usual four-year engineering curriculum with the breadth of education provided at liberal arts colleges. Such a program requires five years—three years in the liberal arts college and two years in the engineering school.

Pre-engineering Advisor: Randy Peterson, Professor of Physics


Pre-professional Law Program

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) does not prescribe specific courses or activities for preparation to study law. The undergraduate is best advised to concentrate on areas of study aimed at developing oral and written expression, language comprehension, critical understanding of the human institutions and values closely related to law, and a logical and systematic approach to solving problems.

The choice of a major field of study is far less important than the choice of courses best suited to achieve these ends. The pre-law advisor consults with students interested in a career in law to suggest appropriate courses of study and to offer advice about how best to seek admission to law schools.

Pre-law Advisor: Andrea Hatcher, Associate Professor of Politics

Medical and Health Professions

Pre-Medical & Health Program

Students interested in careers associated with medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine should register with a co-chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee soon after matriculation.  Interested students should also plan to attend the special session scheduled during first-year orientation.  Meetings with chairs of this committee benefit students who seek academic advice, summer program recommendations, permission to take courses at other institutions, and other help in preparing for a career in these fields.

Health Professions Advisors:  Alyssa Summers, Associate Professor of Biology; Cynthia Gray, Visiting Instructor of Biology; and Richard Summers, Associate Professor of Chemistry