Babson Center for Global Commerce

A Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program

The Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program

Wm. Polk Carey is a generous benefactor of Sewanee's pre-business program.Wm. Polk Carey


Sewanee’s Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program builds on what Sewanee does best—superb liberal arts education. Surveys of the nation’s best M.B.A. programs and top CEOs consistently show that a liberal arts curriculum is the best preparation for a successful career in business. Such an education imbues graduates with excellent communications skills, broad knowledge of culture and society,interpersonal skills, and problem-solving skills, and the ability to adapt to change.

The business minor complements a student’s education in the liberal arts. Students in any major program may choose to minor in business. To meet the requirements of the business minor, students complete four core courses in economics and ethics and choose electives from one of three tracks: finance, management or international business.

Students may apply during the fall of their sophomore year to become Carey Fellows, an honors business program that carries a scholarship. Carey Fellows complete requirements beyond the-normal coursework—such as a semester-long, paid internship—that prepare them for leadership positions in business and finance.

New hybrid programs in social entrepreneurship and International and Global Studies provide additional global perspective.

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

Sewanee’s alumni and generous supporters of business education also provide vital assistance for Sewanee students headed toward careers as business leaders.

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