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Pre-Professional Advising and Programs
The Schroeder Center for Career Development (Career Services)
Career Services prepares students to make a successful transition to the world beyond Wabash. We create opportunities for students to explore and reach their individual career goals, regardless of what those goals may be. Whether you want to perform biotechnology research, teach English in Africa, conquer Wall Street, or work with a professional basketball team, we offer individualized programs and resources just for you. Stop by and see us – no appointment needed. We offer:
• Personal career counseling for all students
• Personality type inventories and assessment
• Search assistance and listings for professional development opportunities; externships, internships, jobs, graduate schools, fellowships, and special programs (e.g. Peace Corps)
• Resume and cover letter guidance and resources
• Mock interviews, workshops, seminars, information sessions, panels and speakers
• Alumni networking advice, resources, and events on-and off-campus
• Off-campus career and graduate school fair visits
• Organizational and graduate school site visits
• On-campus recruiting and information sessions
• Graduate school test and application assistance, including personal statement reviews
• Extensive online resources for information and listings
• Assistance from Peer Career Advisors---student-workers trained in basic career services
• Special programs- Small Business Internship Fund (SBIF), Supporting Entrepreneurial Enrichment and Development (SEED) Grants, Wabash Externships
• Evening and weekend service, beyond regular office hours
Preparation for Business
Students interested in business should be aware that a high-quality liberal arts education provides excellent preparation for the business world. For those students who wish to incorporate into their academic program some specific preparation for a career in business, Wabash offers the Business Sequence, a collection of courses selected for their relevance to business careers. These courses consist of the following:
ECO 101 Principles of Economics 1 credit offered every semester
ECO 251 Economic Approach with Microsoft Excel 1/2 credit offered fall semester
ECO 262 Financial Institutions and Markets 1 credit offered spring semester
(Note: ECO 262 Does NOT count toward the Economics major.
(Majors should substitute ECO 361 or ECO 362.)
ACC 201 Financial Accounting 1 credit offered fall semester
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting 1 credit offered spring semester
ENG 411 Business and Technical Writing 1 credit offered spring semester
(Juniors and Seniors only)
RHE 101 Public Speaking 1 credit offered every semester
(Note: This course is required only for students graduating in 2013 or later)
Please note that the Business Sequence does NOT substitute for a major, minor, or area of concentration. As such, students should consider using two of the Economics courses and the English course to fulfill distribution requirements in Behavioral Science and Language Studies, respectively, or pursuing a minor in Economics.
Students should consider taking ECO 101 during the freshman or sophomore year, though this is not essential. Accounting should ideally be taken in the sophomore year in order to open up a wider array of internship possibilities and free up the junior year for overseas study opportunities. Should a course in the Business Sequence not be available, the student may petition the Business Committee to substitute a relevant course. However, students should be aware that any business courses other than the two accounting courses offered at Wabash will not be recognized by the Registrar as counting toward graduation requirements.
Certification on Transcript
Students who complete this sequence will be certified by the Registrar upon graduation. This certification will appear on the student’s transcript upon graduation and may be included as an academic item on the student’s resumé.
In addition to the Business Sequence, Wabash offers other types of programs and services designed to support students interested in business, including internships and co-curricular programs. Students interested in business should contact both the Business Committee Chair and the Schroeder Career Center early in their college careers so that they may be included in mailings about special events and programs.
Pre-Professional Preparation in the Health and Allied Sciences
The Pre-Health Professions Committee assists students with their pre-health programs, including preparation for medical, osteopathic, dental, optometry, veterinary, podiatry schools and other health professions. The committee also provides assistance with application materials and makes recommendations for students as they apply to professional schools. Any student who is considering the health professions should meet with Jill Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Pre-Health Advisor, as early as possible to discuss his plans. Prerequisite coursework for various health professions can be found at www.wabash.edu/academics/medicine/. Students should consider early on how prerequisite courses align with other coursework necessary for their major/minor, and Wabash graduation requirements.
**The MCAT exam will change in the year 2015 to reflect the changing healthcare system. Freshmen entering Wabash in the fall of 2012 will be the first class to take this exam. Prerequisite coursework will be affected. Students should make sure they are aware of the increased social science and biochemistry coursework necessary for MCAT2015.
The Pre-Law Committee works in close conjunction with the Pre-Law Society in sponsoring programs which enable students to familiarize themselves with the diverse opportunities available in the practice of law. These programs include a Moot Court competition with alumni attorneys serving as tutors and judges, an LSAT practice test, and trips to visit Indiana Law Schools. Members of the Pre-Law Committee also meet with students, mainly during their senior year, to discuss their plans for attendance at law school. Any student who is considering the study of law might be well advised to discuss his plans with one of the members of the Pre-Law Committee.
Preparation for Secondary Teaching License
The Department of Education Studies offers a minor in Education Studies and a professional licensure preparation program for students interested in becoming middle/high school (grades 5-12) teachers. The licensure program requires that students complete the minor in Education Studies, successfully pass two state-mandated tests, and complete a semester of student teaching. (More details about requirements for the secondary licensure program can be found in Department of Education Studies section of the Academic Bulletin.)
Students may choose from 13 majors in which to complete the licensure preparation program: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English, French, German, Spanish, Latin, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or History. Students must apply to the licensure program, and typically do so in the spring of the junior year after having taken at least two Education courses (EDU 101 and either EDU 202 or EDU 302). The secondary licensure program is state approved, and Indiana continues to have reciprocal licensing agreements with more than 40 other states. Please see the Chair/Director of Education Studies for more information.
Wabash College offers joint programs (known as dual degree programs) with Purdue University, Columbia University and Washington University-St. Louis. In these programs, students may study the liberal arts at Wabash for three years and engineering or applied science at Purdue, Columbia or Washington, typically for two years. These programs lead to both the Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash and the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or applied science from Purdue, Columbia or Washington.
Wabash students who participate in the joint program may qualify for the A.B. degree by completing all of the Wabash requirements for graduation (listed in the curriculum section) other than the 34-course minimum, and by successfully completing the appropriate number of courses at Purdue, Columbia or Washington. Senior comprehensive and oral examinations may be taken during the junior year or during the first year of work at the engineering school, either on the Wabash campus or, under a program approved by the Wabash faculty, at the engineering school administered under supervision of the dean’s office of the School of Engineering. If the oral exam is taken after the junior year, it must be taken on the Wabash campus sometime during the two years of engineering school.
Students not completing the requirements for the Wabash A.B. as outlined above may be accepted at the end of their junior year by Purdue, Columbia or Washington upon the recommendation of Wabash, even though no Wabash degree is granted.
In addition to the requirements for Wabash, certain courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science must be taken at Wabash for admission into Purdue, Columbia or Washington. Each university also has a minimum GPA requirement. The exact requirements for the three schools differ somewhat, and the student should consult with his advisor and a member of the Pre-Engineering Committee. Completing the requirements for both degrees requires careful planning, and the student should begin taking the appropriate courses in his freshman year.
Students need not major in physics, chemistry, or mathematics to participate in the program. In particular, both Columbia and Washington seek applicants who major in non-technical fields, feeling that the technical depth of an engineering degree and the breadth of a liberal arts degree make a valuable combination.
In addition, a student finishing Wabash with a strong background in science and mathematics can be admitted to a number of engineering programs, not necessarily at Purdue, Columbia or Washington. Many Wabash graduates have pursued engineering degrees without participating in the dual degree program.