Academics

Summer School

Contact: John Reishman • 931.598.1330

The College’s six-week summer session serves students who wish to broaden or enrich their academic program, gain additional credits, or speed acquisition of their degree. Incoming freshmen may wish to take summer classes to adjust to college challenges in a more relaxed atmosphere. Regular college faculty members provide the instruction. Course content and academic standards are the same as during the regular academic year. Both introductory and advanced courses are offered. It is held from mid June to late July and about 80 students attend.

Sewanee Summer Seminar

Contact: Dan Backlund • 931.598.1175

The Sewanee Summer Seminar, which began in 1976, is a week-long return-to-academics for University alumni and friends. Five lecturers from the College and School of Theology faculty give a major presentation in one of the early morning sessions and give a shorter presentation on another topic in the second half of another morning session. Topics range broadly, according to the interests of the lecturers. Afternoons are used for outings and other informal events. The sessions are held during June and July.

Sewanee's Pre-College Field Studies Experience

Contact: Rachel Petropoulos • 931.598.1258

Sewanee's Pre-College Field Studies Experience provides an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental studies and is:

  • designed for students who are passionate about the outdoors
  • for those that want to advance their knowledge and skills in the study of the environment
  • for rising high school juniors and seniors with a history of academic success.

Students will have the opportunity to explore Sewanee's ecologically diverse 13,000-acre campus under the guidance of faculty members who are passionate about environmental education.

Sewanee's Field School in Archaeology

Contact: Rachel Petropoulos • 931.598.1258

Conducted on the University Domain or other pre-eminent sites in Tennessee, The Sewanee Field School in Archaeology provides, in an intensive six week experience. Students will conduct field and laboratory research on significant prehistoric and historic archaeological resources. The course does not fulfill a laboratory science requirement. No prerequisite.

Bridge Program in Math and Science

Contac​t: Catalina Jordan at 931.598.1997

The Bridge Program in Math and Science is a three-week residential program for rising high school seniors who are interested in math- or science-oriented college majors and careers and who could potentially bring diversity to the Sewanee campus as college students. In science, the students learn basic concepts and research techniques and then design and carry out research projects. In mathematics, they study calculus. At the end of the program, which is held from late June to the middle of July, the students present the results of their research to parents and guests. About 20 students participate each summer. The University has secured sponsorship for the program so that tuition, books, room, and board are free for the students chosen to attend.

What's more, for students who select Sewanee in the fall, Research Bridge offers research internships.

The Sewanee School of Letters

Contact: April Alvarez • 931.598.1636

The Sewanee School of Letters is a Master’s degree program offering offering an MA in Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. Sessions are six weeks long, running from early June to mid-July. Typically students enroll in two classes per summer for four to five summers.  The faculty consists both of Sewanee professors, from English and allied departments, and distinguished faculty from other campuses. Courses are rigorous, but the atmosphere intimate and friendly.

The Lilly Summer Discernment Institute

Contact: Rob McAlister  • 931.598.1251

The purpose of the program is to develop a new generation of religious and service-oriented leaders through substantive experiences in summer internships. In particular, the program was developed to help attract students to the ordained ministry and to vocations that embrace service as a way of life. To that end, the LSDI consists of four days of classes, orientation, speakers, discussion groups, and group activities, followed by six to eight weeks of field internships, and culminates in a four-day session back at Sewanee for formal presentations by participants on their experiences, reflection, and discussions of significant learning.

The School of Theology Advanced Degrees Program

ContactShawn Horton • 931.598.1478 or 1.800.722.1974

The School of Theology's summer graduate program, now in its 35th year, offers the Doctor of Ministry degree and Master of Sacred Theology degree. Held during two sessions in June and July, this program brings students together in the relaxed summer atmosphere to study and exchange thoughts and ideas with others. Among the strengths of the Advanced Degrees Program is that it is one of the few to meet in the summer when clergy are not as busy as usual, and provides them an opportunity to focus more intensely on their studies.

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