Departments and Programs

There are five academic divisions—arts; business, policy and sport studies; humanities; natural sciences and mathematics; and social sciences—and an interdisciplinary studies (IDS) program that explores issues that cross traditional disciplinary lines.



Pre-Health Professions

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry  

Students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, osteopathy, chiropractic, pharmacy or optometry must fulfill the prerequisites at Guilford for professional school admission. Health professions advisors provide detailed information on various careers, as well as on professional school admission requirements, application procedures and special programs for minority students. Also available are application materials, financial aid information and study materials for entrance examinations (such as the Medical College Admission Test and the Dental Admission Test).

A health professions advisor assists students in planning an individualized program of study that, for most career fields, includes at least one year each of biology, inorganic chemistry, mathematics and physics. Pre-medicine and other pre-health students may major in the field of their choice while obtaining specialized courses needed for graduate study. For more information, please visit the Pre-Health Professions page.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Students receive solid preparation at Guilford for admission to a school of veterinary medicine. To complete prerequisites for application, students usually major in biology. Some veterinary schools also require a course in animal science, which Guilford students can take at North Carolina A&T State University through consortium arrangements. For more information, please visit the Pre-Health Professions page.


Students planning to attend law school are urged to contact Guilford’s pre-law advisor and to participate fully in the activities of the Websterian Pre-Law Society. Students are encouraged to contact the advisor early in their undergraduate studies for both academic and law school admission advice.

There is no prescribed or preferred major for pre-law students, but law schools seek students who have demonstrated mastery of their chosen fields of study and compete a balanced liberal arts education. Pre-law students are urged to include foreign languages, the basics of accounting, political theory, logic (formal or informal), economics, analytical writing and critical thinking among their undergraduate courses. Many law schools require solid performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and a 3.0 or higher grade-point average.

The Websterian Pre-Law Society provides practice LSAT exams, regular meetings, guest speakers and visits to nearby law schools. Internships at local agencies and law firms are coordinated by the pre-law advisor.


The Department of Religious Studies offers preparation which may lead to a career in the ministry or religious education. A broad range of courses preparing the student to enter theological school directly upon graduation includes History of Christianity, Old Testament and New Testament, Contemporary Theology, Quakerism and various explorations in modern religious problems. Studies in comparative religions are offered regularly.

Note: As a Quaker-founded college, Guilford supports the peace testimony of Friends and does not offer or support courses in military science. Such course are available on an audit basis at North Carolina A&T State University, also located in Greensboro, for Guilford students who want to enroll through the consortium cross-registration program.