Business impacts every facet of our lives. Whether between individuals, in small communities, across the nation or globally, commerce drives innovation, prosperity, and change. More than just the exchange of money, business is the heartbeat of progress.

Why study Business at Sewanee?

A part of the Wm. Polk Carey 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 to psychology, and microeconomic theory 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 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 three tracks: managerial, international, or finance.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for a profession and your passion. Below 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
  • Investment Banking Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Program Director: Day Trips - Special Projects Coordinator, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Bozeman, Montana
  • Data Scientist, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Dallas, Texas

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education. 

  • 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

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 three tracks: managerial, finance, or international business.

Learning From Leaders

The Babson Center for Global Commerce, a key component of the Wm. Polk Carey 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—that prepare them for leadership positions in business, consulting, and finance.

CFA Scholarship

The Babson Center for Global Commerce provides substantial funding for select students to help pay for the costs associated with the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) level one exam, the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world.  Completing the CFA Program shows employers and clients you have mastered a broad range of practical portfolio management skills, advanced investment analysis skills, and real-world portfolio management skills.


The Center will generally provide scholarships for both the Advent and Easter semesters. Applicants must meet important deadlines, must have completed certain academic courses, and must pass the CFA Level 1 exam.  Interested applicants can find more details regarding the CFA Scholarship here. If you have questions about the scholarship, you can contact Eric Zinn at 931.383.0083.



A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study & Related Programs

Students select one of three minor tracks in Business:

  • Managerial
  • International
  • Finance

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

Mabel Ward 1 (Wellness Annex), 1314 University Ave., Ext. 1822

Myles elledge

Director, The Babson Center

Babson Center for Global Commerce, Ext. 1307

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