Lawrence strongly believes that liberal education—with its emphasis on skills of analysis and communication, on breadth of knowledge, and on the ability to pursue knowledge of one area in depth—affords the best preparation for rigorous professional study. Since these attributes of liberal education can be developed and nurtured regardless of a student's area of concentration, in most cases Lawrence does not prescribe fixed courses of study for students with pre-professional interests.

At the same time, we recognize that some professional programs and schools require specific preparation at the undergraduate level. Faculty and other advisors assist students in determining what preparatory studies, if any, will be essential or valuable for later work in these areas. Students with specific professional goals should consult with these advisors as early as possible—in some instances during the freshman registration period.

Health Careers

Advisors: Doug Martin (chair), Matt Ansfield, Stefan Debbert, Elizabeth De Stasio, Nancy Wall

The Health Careers Advisory Committee works closely with students as they apply to medical schools and other programs to prepare for health science and allied health careers. It provides guidance in the selection of schools, in developing applications, in the preparation for interviews and in planning for medical school admissions testing.

Students who plan to attend medical school may concentrate in the field or fields of their greatest interest. Medical schools do, however, require considerable work in the natural and social sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and psychology. Members of the Health Careers Advisory Committee are available to help students select courses that will meet the requirements of medical schools and at the same time provide a broad liberal education.

Lawrence offers a number of programs designed to familiarize students with the nature of medical education and practice. These programs include workshops, discussions with local physicians and opportunities to observe, under the supervision of local practitioners, various aspects of the medical profession. The college also sponsors Mielke and Kasel Summer Internship Grants. The former provides opportunities to study medical problems in the Fox Valley, and the latter offers internships in biomedical ethics, health economics and medical humanities.  Interested students should view the resources on the Career Community page for Health Care & Life Sciences.


Advisors (2017-18):  David Gerard (chair), Jerry Podair, Andy Guenther-Pal, Minoo Adenwalla (emeritus)

Legal studies require strong analytic skills, a knowledge of society and the ability to communicate effectively. Students planning to attend law school normally are advised to supplement the major of their choice and the university's General Education Requirements with some coursework in philosophy and the theoretical and analytic aspects of their field of concentration, as well as coursework in the social sciences. Interested students should consider Lawrence's cooperative degree program with Marquette Law School and should view other resources on the Career Community page for Government, Law, & International Affairs.


Advisor:  Adam Galambos

Students who plan to undertake postgraduate study in business—in most cases a program leading to a master's degree in business administration—normally are advised to supplement the major of their choice and the university's General Education Requirements with coursework in mathematics, as well as statistics, economics and computer science. In addition, they should pay particular attention to the development of writing and speaking skills. Interested students should view the resources on the Career Community page for Business & Entrepreneurship.