If you are interested in engineering, you may pursue our dual degree program, which consists of three years of course work at Southwestern followed by approximately two years at an engineering school. You complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, with the exception of the major requirement, and basic sciences and mathematics here. Southwestern awards the Bachelor of Arts degree after the completion of all of the requirements for the engineering degree.
You will receive the technical training of the engineer within the broader perspective of the liberal arts. Engineers must be aware of the social responsibilities of the profession and be able to assess and articulate the implications of new technologies. In fact, many engineering schools are adding more humanities courses, which are especially relevant as you move, in the course of a technical career, into decision-making positions.
Any course of rigorous study will prepare you well for admission to law school. Law schools are receptive to any major in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and fine arts. A liberal arts education at Southwestern with broad exposure to a range of disciplines provides a strong background for law school. While there is no Pre-Law major here, there is an active Pre-Law Society and two trained pre-law advisers (Dr. Tim O’Neill and Dr. Kerry Bruns) to help students decide whether law school and the practice of law are something they wish to pursue.
Law schools seek applicants who can write well, think cogently, and handle and synthesize extensive reading assignments. Pre-law students should take courses that emphasize written and oral analysis, class discussion, and independent research. Students who take courses where these skills are developed and demonstrated become strong candidates for admission to law school.
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine
Medical, dental and veterinary schools have specific educational requirements that you must complete. Though not designated majors, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and pre-veterinary students at Southwestern are offered assistance in planning their studies to match the courses required for admission to the professional school of their choice.
While the majority of our pre-meds and pre-dents have majored within the natural sciences, a practice in line with national trends (nationwide, approximately 90% of all medical and dental students majored in natural science, mathematics, or engineering as undergraduates), the fact remains that the requirements for medical professional school admission are far more qualitative than quantitative. Professional schools are looking for bright, highly motivated students who care about people, not simply for students with a specific major.
Students may also consider careers in allied health professions, for example Pharmacy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, or Physician Assistant.
If you are considering ministry as your vocation, you are encouraged to explore your faith and calling at Southwestern. The liberal arts education offered here provides excellent preparation for graduate theological education and ministry.
Academic internships, part-time work and summer experiences in ministry are encouraged. Pre-ministry students have the opportunity to meet informally, gather for conversation with the University Chaplain and participate in programs designed to meet their needs (for example: meeting with seminary admissions personnel, alumni in ministry and volunteer service.) Additionally, there are leadership roles in student religious organizations and religious life programs, including Chapel, that give you experiences that are helpful in developing your calling and preparing you for your future professional life.