Business is a source of prosperity, identity, purpose, and power. Global business creates opportunities and exciting innovations. People are increasingly taking steps to harness the power of business to solve society's greatest challenges.

Why study Business at Sewanee?

A part of the Pre-Business Program, the minor in business ("business minor") is anchored in the belief that a liberal arts education offers the best foundation for a business career. Such an education provides a broad understanding of human behavior and institutions, an appreciation of global culture and of people around the world, and perspectives for developing personal values and ethical standards. It encourages creativity and flexibility of mind that business leadership demands. 

With courses ranging from statistics, psychology, economic theory, entrepreneurship to financial accounting, the business minor is ideal for mapping your way to a new career in any industry. Sewanee business minors are eligible to apply for the Carey Fellows business honors program, a mark of distinction designed to prepare students for leadership positions in business and finance. 

The business minor offers the opportunity to study economics, accounting, finance, and business ethics and to select complementary courses from disciplines including economics, psychology, politics, computer science, history, forestry, and business. In choosing elective courses, students focus on one of five tracks: managerial, international, finance, environment and sustainability or accounting.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Here is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs. 

  • Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Associate, GSK, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • Development Analyst, Surgical Care Affiliates, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Client Financial Management Analyst, Accenture, Arlington, Virginia
  • Fund Accountant, Alternative Investment Funds, SEI Investment Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Data Scientist, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Dallas, Texas
  • EVS, Valuation Associate, M&A, KPMG, New York, New York

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs:

  • MBA, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • Master of Accountancy, Corporate Valuation, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
  • MBA, sports business, Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon
  • MBA, Columbia Business School, Columbia University
  • Masters in Environmental Management, Business and the Environment, and Climate Change Science and Solutions, Yale School of the Environment, Yale University

Featured Student

Sage Cookerly, C'26

"As an economics major, the business minor will supplement the knowledge I will acquire from my economics classes. My interest in gaining valuable business skills will allow me to apply what I have learned to real-world situations and scenarios that I will encounter in the business world during internships and after graduation. As I move toward a professional career, I know the skills learned from the business minor will be helpful in my work and my daily life. A general knowledge of business and business practices is important for everyone, even if they will not necessarily be using it directly in their professional life."

Liberal Arts: The Best Preparation for Success in Business

The Business Minor

The business minor complements a student’s education in the liberal arts. Students in any major may choose to minor in business. To meet the requirements of the business minor, students complete four core courses—in economics, finance, accounting, and ethics—and choose two electives from one of five tracks: managerial, finance, international, accounting, and environment and sustainability.

Babson Center for Global Commerce

The Babson Center for Global Commerce, a key component of the Pre-Business Program, supports Sewanee students aiming for careers in business with skills training, co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities, internships, the Beecken Bridge Scholarships which support Sewanee students for summer programs at some of the nation’s leading business schools, and a varied program of lectures and discussions which brings leaders in global commerce to the University campus.

Business Honors

Students seeking a more intensive pre-business experience may apply to become Carey Fellows, Sewanee's business honors program. Carey Fellows complete requirements beyond the normal coursework—such as a semester-long, paid internship, a pro-seminar, and exposure to cross-cultural businesses—that prepare them for leadership positions in business, consulting, and finance.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

A key component of the Pre-Business Program is that it supports Sewanee students aiming for careers in business. It supports business organizations and offers conference scholarships, skills training, and co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study & Related Programs

Students select one of five minor tracks in Business:

  • Managerial
  • International
  • Finance
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Accounting

Requirements for the Major and the Minor in Economics | Website

Requirements for the Major in Finance | Website

Meet Some Professors


Eric Zinn
Director, The Business Minor
Carnegie Hall 217, Ext. 1822

Myles elledge
Director, The Babson Center
Babson Center for Global Commerce, Carnegie Hall 107, Ext. 1307

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