Academic And Pre-Professional Advising

Set your sights high, and we’ll help you get there.

As academic advisers, Rhodes faculty are not only great teachers but mentors who guide students to achieve individual academic and professional goals. Students become independent, self-motivated learners who take responsibility for fulfilling degree requirements. The Rhodes curriculum places students in an active role by encouraging interdisciplinary study and a wide variety of choices for satisfying requirements.

Pre-Professional Programs & Advising

Pre-professional programs and advising at Rhodes provide mentoring and preparation for students while they earn credits required to apply to advanced programs in the following fields:


Students with an interest in architecture are advised to pursue a major in art. It can be either studio or art history. They should also consider an internship with an architecture firm while pursuing their undergraduate degree.

Contact: David McCarthy 901-843-3663

Clinical Psychology

Students interested in a clinical psychology career may receive advising from a member of the Psychology faculty.

 Dr. Anita Davis

Education Professions

Rhodes offers a minor in education consisting of courses in education, psychology, and supporting fields. The College does not offer a teacher licensure or certification program but rather offers an education curriculum.

 Dr. Natalie Person 

Health Professions

We offer targeted advice for students considering health professions. About one-fifth of our student body is investigating careers in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and other health industries. Rhodes recognizes the importance of a single source of information for the often complicated process of applying to medical school and other programs. The Director of Health Advising, along with a committee of faculty, helps interested students gain the strong undergraduate coursework, research and service experience that get Rhodes graduates accepted to medical school at twice the national average.

 Dr. Alan Jaslow


Rhodes offers three pre-engineering programs: dual degree programs with Washington University (St. Louis) or CBU (Memphis) and a BS/MS degree program in biomedical engineering with the University of Tennessee and University of Memphis.

 Dr. Ann Viano


A variety of of different majors serve as excellent preparation for law school.  As such, Rhodes does not have a specific major in Pre-Law. Virtually all Rhodes students and graduates who apply to law school are admitted to at least one of their choices.  Interested students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor and the Pre-Law coordinator. 

 Anna Smith


Rhodes has an advisory pre-ministry program for students considering seminary or divinity school after graduation and for those who are exploring vocations in ministry- and church-related professions. 

 Dr. Steve Haynes


In addition to relevant courses, veterinary programs require hands-on experience as an employee, volunteer, or intern (such as with Rhodes’ internship program).

 Dr. Alan Jaslow

Public History

The Department of History trains students to enter the world of Public History, a vibrant field which takes the study and practice of history to a broad public audience thanks to growing employment opportunities in museums, libraries and archives, and historic preservation. A Concentration in Public History  offers a unique combination of coursework and experiences, including internships with community partners such as the National Civil Rights Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Memphis and Shelby County Public Library, Memphis Heritage, and many more. The program prepares students for employment and graduate study.

Contact: Prof. Jeff Jackson (901) 843-3662.