Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Professional Education
Pre-Professional Health: Clinical Psychology
Pre-Professional Health: Dentistry
Pre-Professional Health: Medicine
Pre-Professional Health: Others
Pre-Professional: Pre-Engineering
Pre-Professional: Pre-Law
Pre-Professional: Pre-Ministry
Pre-Professional: Pre-Veterinary


Rhodes College offers an interdisciplinary major and minor in Educational Studies which consists of a combination of courses in education and other disciplines in the liberal arts. The major has three tracks: Teaching and Learning; Community and Social Change; and Policy and Reform. Students who want to be teachers should select the Teaching and Learning track.  There is an application to the licensure program to be completed as soon as students have completed the qualifying PRAXIS exams. Students seeking secondary licensure should double major in the content area in which they plan to teach. Students seeking elementary licensure are not required to double major. Students who are considering a major in Educational Studies should schedule a meeting with either Professor Person or Professor Casey during their first semester at Rhodes.

Contact Person:
Dr. Natalie Person,,  901-843-3988 or 
Dr. Zac Casey,,  901-843-3742 
Education Web Site:

The major in Educational Studies requires 51 or 52 credits. The required courses for the major are listed below. More information about elective courses for the three tracks can be found in the College Catalogue (

Core Requirements(7 courses):

Foundations (both required)

  • Foundations of Education ED 201 (F8)
  • Educational Psychology PSY 222

Human Behavior (one of the following)

  • Infant and Child Development PSY 229 (for elementary candidates; some sectionsF11)
  • Adolescence PSY 230 (for secondary candidates)
  • Evidence-based therapies PSYC 324
  • Learning & Motivation PSYC 326

Quantitative Skills (one of the following)

  • Psychological Statistics PSY 211 (F6)
  • Econ Stat ECON 290 (F6)
  • Probability Stat MATH 111 (F6)

Philosophy, Ethics, Policy, & History (one of the following)

  • Philosophy of Education PHIL 270 (F11)
  • Ethics PHIL 301 (F1)
  • Essays in Education ENGL 265
  • Urban Education Policy POLSCI 240
  • History of Race & Education

Educational Equity and Disparities (one of the following)

  • Urban Education ED 220
  • African American Experience in U.S. Schools ED 225 (F9, F11)
  • Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality ED 320 (F9)
  • Education Senior Seminar 485

Required Courses for Secondary Licensure (4 courses and Student Teaching in ninth semester is required)

  • Principles of Curriculum and Instruction EDUC 355
  • Academic Writing ENGL 290
  • Educational Technologies EDUC 300
  • Literacy & Reading in the Content Areas EDUC 310

Required Courses for Elementary Licensure (5 courses and Student Teaching in ninth semester is required)

  • Principles of Curriculum and Instruction EDUC 355
  • Literacy & Reading in the Content Areas EDUC 310
  • Elementary Literacies EDUC 370
  • Educational Technologies EDUC 300
  • One additional course from electives

Community-integrative Education ED 360/660 (three-four semesters) (3-4 credits total)

  • Over the course of the major, students will be placed in three to four diverse schools (360) or with community partners that have educational components/missions (460).
  • All students must complete at least one section/credit of EDUC 360.
  • Students will have their first field placement in their first semester after declaring. The ED 360/460 course instructor will work with majors to ensure that the school/community placement complements each student’s course of study.
  • Students seeking elementary licensure must complete four credits/semesters of EDUC 360; those seeking secondary licensure must complete three credits/semesters.
  • Students must adhere to all Shelby County School rules and protocols in their placements.​

Three tracks(five elective courses/20 credits for students not seeking licensure, see College Catalogue). All majors will choose of three following tracks: 1) Teaching and Learning, 2. Community and Social Change, 3. Policy and Reform.

The minor in Educational Studies require 24 credits.

  • Education 201, 355, and 485
  • Psychology 222

Eight credits selected from the following courses: Education 220, 225, 265, 300, 310, 320, 370; Education 451, 460(2 or 4 credits); Economics 295(2 credits); English 290; Language Acquisition and Pedagogy 240; Philosophy 255, 270; Political Science 240; Psychology 229, 230, 250, 326; Urban Studies 250 


Students interested in careers in Health Professions may include those intending to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, Dentistry, Medicine, Physical Therapy, or any other professional medical sector. Rhodes does not have a pre-medical (or other pre-professional) major. Students preparing for a health career may major in any subject, depending on the course work required by individual programs. There are certain courses that are required for admission to some health professional schools and to prepare for their entrance exams, which are typically taken in the spring of the junior year or that summer. Students who are considering a career in a health field should contact the appropriate health professions advisor.

Contact Person:
Dr. Katherine White

Required Courses for Psychology Major:

  • PSYC 150 Foundational Issues in Psychology (F8)
  • PSYC 200 Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 211 Statistical Methods (F6)
  • PSYC 353 (one Advanced Methods course)
  • Seven additional courses (See Catalogue for requirements.)

Recommended Courses:

  • PSYC 224 Psychological Disorder
  • PSYC 318 Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 324 Evidence-Based Therapies 
  • PSYC 338 Psychological Assessment

Recommended GPA:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.50

Also Recommended:

  • At least one year of research experience
  • Experience presenting research at undergraduate or professional conference



Contact Person:
Jessica Kelso 901-843-3081
Director of Health Professions Advising
HPA web site :

Required Courses: Variable; be sure to consult with the Dir. of HPA and do research.  All require:

  • Introductory Biology I and II  with lab (130, 131L, 140, 141L) (F7)
  • Foundations of Chemistry and lab (120, 125L) (F7)  
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with lab (211, 212, 212L)
  • Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory (240, 240L)
  • Introductory Physics I and II, with lab (109 or 111, 111L, 110 or 112, 112L) (F6, F7) There is no Physics content on the DAT, so it may be taken in the senior year.
  • English - Usually two courses in either composition or literature or Rhodes course work that demonstrates writing and communication.
  • Depending on school: Upper-level science courses such as Microbiology and Biochemistry. (e.g. UTHSC now requires Biochemistry and one of Comparative, Microbiology, or Histology)

Required Experience:

  • Dental experience through internships, volunteer, shadowing, or employment is required.
  • Some general dentistry experience is required.
  • Service to the community throughout college is desired. This may also be dental experience but should show service to others (face to face is best). Continuous service throughout college is highly suggested.

Strongly Recommended: 

Experience developing three-dimensional perception and fine motor skills with hands and fingers including playing a music instrument, sculpture, needlepoint, models, woodworking, etc.


Contact Person:
Jessica Kelso 901-843-3081
Director of Health Professions Advising
HPA web site :

Required Courses:  Standard

  • Introductory Biology I and II  with lab (130, 131L, 140, 141L) (F7)
  • Foundations of Chemistry  and lab (120, 125L) (F7)  
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with lab (211, 212, 212L)
  • Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory(240, 240L) -required by some schools as second inorganic chemistry course
  • Biochemistry (315)
  • Introductory Physics I and II, with lab (109 or 111, 113L, 110 or 112, 114L) (F6, F7)
  • Introduction to Psychological Science(150) (F8)
  • Introductory Sociology (ANSO 105)(F8)

If a student plans to apply to medical school for matriculation directly after graduation, the majority of courses listed above need to be completed by the end of their third year in order to be prepared for the MCAT. 

Check with HPA for advising related to AP science Credits 

  Although often listed as strongly recommended, at least one upper level Biology course is needed for a student to be a competitive applicant; this should be taken prior to applying.  Most schools want to see demonstrated course work in writing. AP credit  can satisfy this at most medical schools. TX residents should check with HPA for advising related to FYWS. 

Required Experience:

  • Medical experience, through internships, volunteering, shadowing or employment is required.  While research is an incredibly valuable experience, it does not provide clinical experience.  Continuous commitment to obtaining experience in medicine is required and should be started in the beginning of sophomore year for students planning to go straight into medical school. 

  • Service to the community throughout college is desired. This may include clinical work, but does not have to be solely medically related.   Service should show  commitment to helping others (face to face best). Continuous service throughout college is highly suggested.




Contact Person:

Jessica Kelso 901-843-3081
Director of Health Professions Advising
HPA web site :

HPA provides advising for the following programs: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Speech and Language Pathology, Podiatric Medicine, Genetic Counseling, Non-MBA Health Administration or Services, Chiropractic Medicine, and others.  

Required Courses:

The requirements and suggested GPAs for these fields vary. Interested students should consult the Director of HPA early in their career at Rhodes.  

  • All programs above require specific courses. These vary not only by profession but also by programs within the same profession. 

  • AP and IB credit is often allowed, if credited on the Rhodes transcript. 

  • Some specific programs and schools require technical or lower level course work that we do not offer at Rhodes including Life Span Development, Nutrition, Medical Terminology. See HPA to plan for these courses. 



Rhodes offers several dual degree engineering programs: a dual bachelor’s degree program with Washington University (St. Louis), a BS-MS degree program with Washington University in St. Louis, a dual BS program with Christian Brothers University, and a BS-MS degree program in Biomedical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with the University of Memphis. Students receive a bachelors from Rhodes(BS or BA), and a second degree (BS or MS) from the partner institution. Beginning courses are the same for all programs and are listed at the end of this section.

Contact Person: Ann Viano, Ph.D

Department of Physics

Dual Bachelor's Degree Program with Washington University:

Students in this program attend Rhodes for typically 3 years and then Washington University for an additional 2 or 3 years of engineering study. Students obtain a BS from Rhodes and a BS or BS and MS from Washington University (the BS for 2 years of study and the MS for 3 years of study at Washington University). Both the Rhodes BS and Washington University degree are awarded at the completion of all years of study (5 or 6). Students apply to Washington University in their 3rd year at Rhodes. Engineering study can be in one of the following areas: biomedical, mechanical, electrical, computer, chemical, system science and engineering. See the catalog for a complete list of course requirements. Suggested beginning courses for students on this path are listed at the end of this section.

Dual Degree Program with Christian Brothers University:

Students in this program attend Rhodes for 3 years and then Christian Brothers University for 2 years of engineering study to obtain a BS from Rhodes and a BS from Christian Brothers University; both at the completion of the program. Engineering study can be in one of the following areas: mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical engineering with chemistry or biochemistry emphasis. Suggested beginning courses for students on this path are listed at the end of this section

B.S.-M.S. Degree Program with the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center:

Students in this program attend Rhodes for 3 years majoring in chemistry or physics, and then study biomedical engineering for 2 years in the joint program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis / University of Tennessee. Upon completion of this program students will receive a BS from Rhodes and an MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis/University of Tennessee. Complete requirements for this program are in the college catalog. Suggested beginning courses for students on this path are listed at the end of this section.

B.S.-M.S. Degree Program with Electrical Engineering Program at the University of Memphis:

Students in this program attend Rhodes for 3 years majoring in physics, and then study electrical engineering for 2 years at the University of Memphis.  Upon completion of this program students will receive a BS from Rhodes and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis. Complete requirements for this program are in the college catalog.


Additional Information:
Students considering any of these dual degree programs should arrange an appointment with the engineering liaison faculty member listed above as early as possible in their Rhodes career.


Rhodes does not have a pre-law program per se. Students considering careers in law can major in any subject, preferably one that they enjoy and in which they do well. We do offer pre-law advising for students in any department who are interested in applying to law school. Students interested in applying to law school should set an appointment with the college's pre-law advisor by the fall of their junior year. Pre-law advising will include suggested courses, personal statement review, application advise, and testing preparation. 

Contact Person: 
Professor Anna Eldridge, Pre-Law Advisor

Recommended Courses:
The Association of American Law Schoolsrecommends that a student’s undergraduate education fulfill the following objectives:

  1. The student should learn to express thoughts clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  2. The student should develop creative power in thinking as well as logical reasoning about research, fact completeness, and fact differentiation.
  3. The student should acquire a critical understanding of human institutions and values with which law deals.

While there are no required courses, any student considering law school should select some courses that emphasize language precision and the careful analysis of language such as Constitutional History, Rights of the Accused, Philosophy of Law, Business Law, or Political Philosophy courses. Forensic experiences, including public speaking, theater, mock trial, and the like, are also highly recommended.

Taking the LSAT:
The Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) should be taken in the summer before the senior year or at the very latest in October of the senior year.  Law schools have become more likely to use the student’s best score, rather than the average of multiple scores, but there are still disadvantages to re-taking the exam. For example, law schools are likely to look more favorably on the applicant who made the high score in one try, and the applicant’s re-take score could be worse. Thus, the test should only be re-taken if the initial score fell well outside the student’s practice-test range, extraordinary problems arose in taking the exam, or significant new preparation techniques will be employed. 

Recommended GPA:
At least 3.5 for a good law school. Possibly a 3.0 for a lesser school. Students with GPA’s between 3.0 and 3.5 may improve their chances if they score well on the LSAT (at least the 50th percentile).

Additional Information:
Any student considering a career in law should arrange a "pre-law appointment" with Anna Eldridge as soon as possible, but preferably no later than fall of the junior year.

Internships are not required for law school applications. Internships may provide opportunities to learn what types of law are of interest to the student, but do not meaningfully impact the application itself. Rhodes offers a variety of internship opportunities for students interested in learning more about various legal fields.

Mock Trial: 

Student who want to participate in our mock trial program must register for Trial Procedures(Political Science 262) in the fall of their first year. This two credit course is mandatory for all student who plan to compete in mock trial. This course is appropriate for first year students.

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Rhodes has a supportive, advisory pre-ministry program for students who are considering seminary or divinity school following graduation, and for those who are exploring vocations in ministry and church-related professions. Many Rhodes students have a broad-based understanding of ministry and may wish to explore the pre-ministry program in preparation for careers in pastoral ministry, global service, medicine, social work, teaching, counseling, or law. Students interested in attending seminary or divinity school as preparation for a career in teaching or research should contact the Chaplain or any member of the Department of Religious Studies.

Contact Persons:
Students considering a career in ministry should speak with Dr. Stephen Haynes, Professor of Religious Studies (901-843-3583) or with Rhodes’ Chaplain Beatrix Weil (901-843-3822) as soon as possible in their undergraduate careers. By registering with the Preparation for Ministry program, students will have access to advisers, supervised ministry opportunities, and a supportive structure for exploring vocations in ministry.

Because requirements for ordination to the ministry vary greatly among religious denominations, students interested in ordination should also contact a church representative to familiarize themselves with these requirements.

There is no "required curriculum" for students considering the ministry. Traditionally, however, a well-rounded curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences has been the standard preparation for seminary or divinity school. In addition to the Basic Humanities Requirement ("Search" or "Life"), these courses in Language, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Psychology can provide a particularly strong background for seminary or divinity school:

  • Greek & Roman Studies 101-102 Elementary Greek
  • Greek & Roman Studies 265: Barbarians and Gentiles: Cultures in the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Hebrew 101-102 Biblical Hebrew
  • History 243 The Civil Rights Movement 
  • History 277: Modern Islamist Thought
  • History 375: Islamic History and Civilization
  • International Studies 334: Religion & Politics
  • Philosophy 240 Philosophy of Religion 
  • Political Science 214 Modern Ideologies
  • Psychology 311 Counseling Psychology
  • Religious Studies 210 History of Christian Thought 
  • Religious Studies 211 Contemporary Theology 
  • Religious Studies 214 Early Christian Literature 
  • Religious Studies 231: Faith, Health, and Justice
  • Religious Studies 233 Pain, Suffering and Death 
  • Religious Studies 251 Religion in America 
  • Religious Studies 253, 255, or 258 Living Religions 
  • Religious Studies 460 Health Equity Internships
  • Spanish 365: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Spain: Past and Present

Hebrew and Greek are required at some seminaries in order to study the original biblical texts. Latin, Arabic, Spanish, French, and German may be necessary for certain areas of advanced study.

Experiential Education and Supervised Ministry:
Students should also gain experience in urban studies or urban ministry, faith-based social services, international programs, and local church ministries through internships and volunteer programs. Contact the Chaplain′s office for supervised ministry opportunities and other church-related internships.

Seminary Inquiry:
Seminaries, divinity schools and global mission recruiters frequently visit the Rhodes campus. Because there are a variety of theological degrees (M.Div, MTS, MA, D.Min, Th.D, Ph.D) and combined degrees (with social work, law, public policy, or counseling) students should consult with their advisers about the graduate degree best suited to their vocation. During Junior and Senior years, pre-ministry students have opportunities for weekend visits to theological schools to more closely consider graduate study and the discernment of vocation.

Taking the GRE and Applying to Graduate School:
Most seminaries and divinity schools attended by Rhodes graduates are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and will require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Undergraduate GPA requirements for admission are at least 2.50 for the M.Div. and higher for research degree programs. Rhodes students have nearly 100% acceptance rate at major seminaries and theological schools. Scholarships for attending seminary, divinity school, or graduate school in religion are generally competitive and based on undergraduate achievement. In recent years, Rhodes students have been accepted and offered significant scholarships by Columbia Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Union Theological Seminary in New York, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, Virginia Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, Boston University School of Theology and Chicago Divinity School.

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Contact Person: 
Jessica Kelso 901-843-3081
Director of Health Professions Advising
HPA web site :

Required Courses:


  • Introductory Biology I and II  with laboratories (111, 111L, 112, 112L) (F7)
  • Foundations of Chemistry  and Laboratory (120, 125L)   (F7)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with laboratory (211, 212, 212L)
  • Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory (240, 240L)[for all but one school]
  • Introductory Physics I and II, with laboratories (109 or 111, 113L, 110 or 112, 114L)
  • Upper level biology or chemistry courses.  Many programs specify courses such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and/or Genetics

Requirements vary by school, but most require one to five additional upper level courses, some with specified courses and others recommended. Consult with the pre-veterinary adviser and the prospective program. 
Some require public speaking. A few schools require Animal Nutrition and expect this technical course to be taken as a distance learning course for most. 

Required Experience: 

Animal experience. This can be as an employee, volunteer, or internship. Animal experience is counted separately from under-veterinarian-supervision-experience.  Many schools specify hours for both, or specify how many must be under a vet.