If you are planning a career in the health professions, law, ministry, art therapy, foresty and wildlife, library and information science, or museum studies, our pre-professional advising program will help you plan your undergraduate and graduate studies.
In addition to declaring your major and minor, you should also declare your pre-professional intent when you are admitted to LC, or as early as possible afterwards.
You will be assigned an advisor familiar with the pre-professional program who will advise you concerning major, course selection, and other requirements for admission to the appropriate professional program.
Health Profession Fields
Pre-health professions advising for the dental, medical, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine fields.
Other Pre-Professional Fields
Pre-law advising: learn what courses to take, activities that will help you prepare for law school, and the law school application process.
The requirements for admission to graduate programs in art therapy vary. You should pursue the studio art major and a psychology minor. As part of the art major, at least 6 hours must be taken in 2-dimensional studio courses and 6 hours in 3-dimensional studio courses. The psychology minor should include PSYC 241 Developmental Psychology and PSYC 308 Abnormal Psychology. An internship is strongly recommended.
Students contemplating graduate training in art therapy are advised to review the website of the National Art Therapy Association for information about this field and contact prospective graduate schools for information relative to their entry requirements. Portfolios of artwork demonstrating competency may be required.
Pre-Forestry and Wildlife
Advisor: Dr. Perault
The pre-forestry and wildlife program is intended for students planning to enter a career in forestry, wildlife management, or conservation. Recommended University of Lynchburg majors include environmental science, environmental studies, or biology. Relevant courses include ecology, GIS, and environmental management, as well as an appropriate internship or research project. Successful students will be well prepared for work with government agencies, private firms, and nonprofit organizations, as well as continued graduate studies.
Advisor: Jennifer Horton
If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science, any bachelor’s degree is acceptable. If you would like to work in a specific type of library, it is helpful to earn a degree which relates to the position. For example, an undergraduate degree in a science and and MLIS would be helpful for a medical librarian or an undergraduate music degree combined with an MLIS for a university music librarian. Contact Jennifer Horton for course planning advice.
Pre-Ministerial Church-Related Occupation Program
Advisors: Rev. McLemore and Dr. Merrill Willis
If you are interested in a ministerial or church-related career, contact Rev. McLemore or Dr. Willis. They and the advisory committee will help you define a special program of pre-seminary study.
The committee appoints qualified students in supervised field education – “Apprentices-in-Ministry” and interns in religious studies. This field experience may entail service with church congregations, church-related agencies, or other service agencies. Eligibility for appointments is determined by the following minimum guidelines:
- be in good standing with College discipline boards and officers;
- have at least a 2.25 cumulative quality point average; and
- have successfully completed at least 6 semester credit hours of introductory courses in religious studies or a related field of study, with approval of the committee, complete RELG 260 (for church settings) or RELG 261 (for non-congregational ministry settings).
If you want to serve in churches or other agencies, you should seek to qualify and to apply for appointment as an “Apprentice-in-ministry.” You will be eligible to receive college credit in Religious Studies 260-263 Pre-Ministerial Practicum upon satisfactory completion of the duties required by your appointment.
An alternate form of supervised field experience in religious studies is the internship in religious studies, which is open to a limited number of students who meet all of the above requirements as well as academic internship requirements listed below. Internships in religious studies are arranged individually under the supervision of the Advisory Committee. Prerequisites for RELG 399 Internship in Religious Studies are as follows:
- juniors and seniors with a minimum QPA of 2.25;
- approval of the Advisory Committee on Pre-Ministerial Education;
- completion of an Academic Internship Contract obtained from the Career Development Center. Refer to the section on “Internships” in this chapter for additional information about internship procedures; and
- complete RELG 260 (for church settings) or RELG 261 (for non-congregational ministry settings).
Because literary study is central to the work of the minister, pre-seminarians are strongly advised to consult with members of the religious studies program about language requirements.
Advisor: Dr. Rothermel
If you are interested in attending graduate school and beginning a career in museums, you should declare a minor in museum studies by the beginning of your junior year. The requirements for admission to graduate programs in museum studies include a discipline-specific emphasis; majors in art, history, communication studies, business, education, and the sciences are encouraged. The career opportunities in the museum field are extensive, and the American Association of Museums has a primary goal of leading the efforts to maintain professional standards by improving the quality of museum programs and operations, and training of personnel.