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Business Management

Each year a relatively large number of Willamette graduates enroll in graduate programs in business management at universities in all regions of the nation. It is also quite common for Willamette graduates to embark on business careers without additional formal academic work. The Willamette liberal arts program prepares students well for either possibility.

The most popular College of Liberal Art's major for careers in public or private management is Economics. It is possible to tailor sequences of Economics courses to individual needs and objectives. In addition to a major in Economics, many other majors have relevance to business careers in view of the broad perspective and basic analytical, quantitative, and communication skills necessary for success in management.


A student planning to enter dental school will follow essentially the same program outlined under Medicine in this catalog. However, students planning to apply to OHSU must also complete Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Biochemistry.

General Graduate Study

Graduate schools frequently require that basic courses in the chosen field of study be pursued on an undergraduate level. Most graduate schools have a language requirement which must be met before the student may become a candidate for an advanced degree. A reading knowledge of one modern language is often required for a Master of Arts degree, and two languages for a Ph.D. degree. All candidates for graduate work should have demonstrated outstanding ability as students, including successful results on the Graduate Record Examination.

A study of undergraduate origins for Ph.D.s, which compared Willamette to approximately 1,000 other liberal arts colleges, showed that Willamette ranked in the top seven percent nationally in terms of alumni who have been awarded Ph.D.s.

Information about graduate education and entrance tests for various professional and graduate programs is available in the Office of Career Services.

Government Service

Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in government are encouraged to take courses which emphasize research and writing, in addition to those that develop an understanding of the political, economic, legal, and managerial factors involved in governing municipalities, regions, and the state. As supplements to their interdisciplinary classroom work, qualified students are encouraged to take advantage of the convenient and diverse research and internship opportunities afforded by Willamette University's proximity to the State Capitol and the city's downtown area.


Students who are interested in careers in journalism are advised that a liberal arts program with a regular academic major or a strong area of specialization (such as economics, the sciences, the arts, or politics of third-world countries) is the best preparation. Excellent writing and speaking abilities and analytic and research skills are crucial. Students are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of internships available with the media. Such experiences have included work with local newspapers and radio stations, internships with Portland television stations covering the state legislature, and employment with Willamette's own campus publications and the University Office of Communications.


The completion of the undergraduate liberal arts program with a bachelor's degree and a record of excellence is the best preparation for the study of law. For additional information about pre-law activities at Willamette, see the section entitled College of Law.

Medical Technology

Willamette offers all the basic courses required for admission to accredited schools of medical technology. The student should complete four credits in biology (one in microbiology), four credits in chemistry, and one credit in mathematics. Professor Thorsett of the Biology Department should be consulted regarding the most appropriate courses.


A student planning on applying to medical school should consult the Pre-Med website ( or Dr. Grant Thorsett of the Biology Department and the pre-medical advisors and admission requirements of the chosen medical schools. The following are suggested as minimum preparation for admission to most medical schools: two courses in Biology, Ecology, Evolution & Diversity (BIOL 125) and Cell Biology and Genetics (BIOL 130). Additional recommended courses in Biology include Gene Structure and Function (BIOL 233), Microbiology (BIOL 250), Animal Physiology (BIOL 351) and Embryology (BIOL 446). Four credits in chemistry are required, including CHEM 115 and 116 (Introductory Chemistry I and II) and CHEM 225 and 226 (Organic Chemistry I and II). CHEM 351 (Biochemistry) is also highly recommended. Two credits in mathematics and two credits in physics are also to be completed. Some medical schools, including Oregon Health Sciences University, have English, humanities, and social science requirements, but these are typically satisfied by completion of Willamette’s General Education Program.

Ministry and Religious Service

Students who plan to attend theological schools to prepare for the parish or other specialized ministries should take diversified courses covering as many areas of learning as possible. Completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in any of the humanities is recommended.


Willamette provides courses for those seeking careers in nursing. A student wishing to attend nursing school should check the specific requirements of the professional school and consult with Dr. Russ Cagle of the Exercise Science Department.

Physical Therapy

Specific courses to satisfy requirements for entrance into a physical therapy program vary. Consult with Dr. Russ Cagle of the Exercise Science Department.

Social Service and the Helping Professions

Students interested in a career in counseling, social work, or other "helping" professions should plan to complete a program of graduate training. The Departments of Psychology and Sociology offer courses relevant to programs of study leading to careers in social service. The University is fortunate to be located in the immediate vicinity of various state agencies. Selected students, particularly in the social sciences, can gain practical knowledge and experience at these sites while at the same time achieving credit toward graduation.

Veterinary Medicine

A student planning on admission to veterinary school should consult the preveterinary advisor, Dr. Sharon Rose of the Biology Department, and admission requirements of the veterinary schools of his or her choice. The preveterinary program at Willamette is essentially the same as the program outlined under medicine.