Our Domain, Our Environment

Within a few minutes walk from central campus, you’ll find 13,000 acres of opportunities for research, recreation, demonstration, and contemplation on the Domain.

See that old-growth forest; hear that trickling stream; feel the chill of that dark cave. Lace up your hiking boots and join the faculty and staff of Sewanee’s Integrated Program in the Environment to make the Domain a national center of environmental research, writing, artistic impressions, and philosophical musings.

Be a part of wildlife management sampling methods, get in on sustainable agriculture on the University Farm, or visit cutting-edge wastewater treatment projects while you achieve professional certification and gain experience applying conservation management tools. You’ll find demonstration opportunities all over the Domain.

We take recreation seriously at Sewanee, and the Domain is seriously fun. Hike, bike, run, swim, climb, cave, camp, and much more. Get started by stopping by the Sewanee Outing Program.

If you’re like Professor David Haskell (author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen), you'll see more in the forest than science. The Domain offers an unparalleled chance for you to explore the possibility of transforming our communities and relationships with the natural world.

Career Prep

Whether your immediate postgraduate goal is graduate school or a career, the Office of Career and Leadership Development is here to give you a hand from the very beginning.

Starting your freshman year, the Career and Leadership Development staff will encourage you to look into summer internships. Then, they’ll tell you all about the endowed internship funds that provide nearly $400,000 to Sewanee students pursuing otherwise-unpaid internships each summer.

Career and Leadership Development also works with our students after graduation to see how they’re faring in the “real world.” Here’s what they found out about the Class of 2014 seven months after graduation: 

  • 99% of graduates were employed, in graduate/professional school, or pursuing internships or fellowships
  • 67% were employed
  • 21% were in graduate or professional school (20 of the 58 or 35% received full or partial assistance in funding their programs)

Our dynamic Outcomes Infographic can show you even more about the fields that Sewanee’s academic programs prepare you for. 

The Sewanee Pledge 


The University of the South has taken a leadership role in making a first-rate education more accessible, making scheduling and advising more personal, and making honor central to life on the Domain.

Personalized Schedules and Advising
First-year students collaborate with faculty members before the first semester begins to choose classes that meet students’ academic objectives and Sewanee’s curricular requirements. For most students, an academic advisor is selected from among their first-semester professors.

The Honor Code
For more than 100 years, Sewanee students have lived together under the Honor Code and it remains one of the University’s most cherished institutions. Students themselves, not administrators, define and oversee the Honor Code, giving one another the gift of their commitment to work and live honorably together.

Study Away

In the past few years, Sewanee students have studied away in more than 64 countries and several cities in the United States. Although the vast majority of the nearly 50 percent of students who study away choose to do so either for one or two semesters during their junior year, many take advantage of summer study away options. Whenever you go, you’ll be happy you did.

Here are just some of the study away options you can choose from:

Social Entrepreneurship Education Program (SEED)

Summer in Spain

Island Ecology

Theatre Semester in New York, based at the Michael Howard Studio.

Carey Fellowship Internships

Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program

Vanderbilt-Sewanee Undergraduate Research Experience (V-SURE)

Business + The Liberal Arts

Add the study of business to your college experience in a way that enhances, rather than diminishes, a traditional liberal arts education. With the Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program and the Babson Center for Global Commerce, we’ve made it possible right here.

Add business to your curriculum. You can pursue a minor in business by taking four core courses in economics, finance, accounting, and ethics and choosing two electives from one of three tracks (finance, management, or international business).

Add business honors to your resume. As soon as you’re admitted, you can apply to be a Carey Fellow your freshman year. Alternatively, you can apply as a sophomore. Regardless of when you become a Carey Fellow, our business honors program provides special opportunities—such as a semester-long, paid internship—that will prepare you for leadership positions in business and finance.

Add business to your free time. A varied program of financial modeling workshops and skills training in business software open doors for business minors, Carey Fellows, and any other Sewanee students who take advantage of them.

Add business to your away time. Whether you’re taking a business internship at a leading nonprofit or company to help you decide if a career in business is right for you, attending a summer bridge program at an elite business school on a Beecken Scholarship, or studying abroad with the SEED (Social Entrepreneurship Education Program) Program, Sewanee can help you apply your interest in business in interesting places all over the world.

Civic Engagement

These programs will get you ready for smart analysis of and sensitive reflection on social and ethical issues in local neighborhoods and communities:

Community Engaged Learning classes integrate community engagement and service with academic content. Students connect with local communities and explore the social and ethical issues that our neighbors face. These classes include Documentary Photography, the Many Faces of Sewanee, Religious Environmentalism, Anthropology of Education, and many more.

Bonner Leader positions are offered to 10 entering students each year. If you’re a Bonner Leader, you'll complete a four-year service leadership program, receive a stipend and engage in eight to 10 hours of community service weekly—all leading to leadership opportunities through supervised placements with community partner organizations.

Outreach Break Trips are service trips organized for the fall and spring, both nearby and abroad. Local outreach projects support local nonprofit organizations as well as student service organizations. You can become part of the University’s decades-long commitment to extracurricular service.