Mathematics embodies artistry and analytical thought. It’s both pragmatic and irrational (pun intended). While mathematics is the foundational knowledge of many professions, it also provides valuable life skills that allow us to problem-solve every day.

 Why study Mathematics at Sewanee?

The study of mathematics at Sewanee prepares you to be a discerning citizen capable of critically analyzing information, weighing alternatives, and presenting reasoned arguments. Math is a valuable skill set with innumerable applications. While the concepts are crucial for students in the discipline, their lessons can extend to far-ranging fields like law, science, economics, and theology.

Like a sculpture or a concerto, a theorem or an algorithm is a creative work. The department here at Sewanee seeks to expose you to the beauty of mathematics. As a mathematics major, you will take foundational courses, and then you’ll choose advanced level courses to narrow your focus. Whether it’s theory or statistics, you’ll glean from each class an understanding of reading and presentation, as well as the ability to formulate substantial proofs of your own.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others, are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first job.

  • Software Engineer, Mindtree, Gainesville, FL.
  • Actuarial Assistant, Protective Life, Birmingham, AL.
  • Investment Analyst, Edgehill Endowment Partners, New Haven, CT.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of California Davis.
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Washington University of St. Louis.
  • Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Florida State University.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of study and related programs

Requirements for the Major and Minor in Mathematics

Requirements for the Major and Minor in Computer Science


Matthew Rudd
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Woods Labs 127A, Ext. 1820

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