Department of Equine Studies
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is the only equine program in Indiana to offer Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies. Additionally, SMWC is one of approximately 20 colleges in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies.
We, in the school of Equine Studies are committed to preparing you for entry into a rewarding career working with the animals you love. Working with horses is a passion that we all share, and we invite you to visit us.
Areas of study
- Equine Business Management
- Equine Science
- Equine Studies (General)
- Equine Training and Instruction
- Equine Assisted Therapy Minor
Examine our equine programs carefully, and consider your options. There are many ways to pursue your passion via a major or minor program of study, or as a member of our Equestrian Teams. In every case, you'll find accessible and caring faculty that will ensure the quality of your learning experience.
Why equine at SMWC?
Small class sizes knowledgeable faculty allows SMWC to provide a wealth of quality one-on-one instruction. We pride ourselves on understanding our students and helping them acquire the skills they will need to aspire to the highest level.
We are a small college with big expectations and opportunities. Preparing you to lead and excel means maintaining high standards for the serious horsewoman. With a strong background in the liberal arts, the SMWC experience will help you prepare for profession in the equine industry.
Saddle Club - open to any student, the saddle club helps to host the intercollegiate shows held at the College, as well as participate in a number of professional and social activities.
International Study - students who are interested in studying abroad may travel to Ireland, where they will be hosted by the National Specialized Equestrian Training Center in Dublin. From there, they will be placed in a work-study situation which fits their particular interest in show jumping, breeding, eventing, racing, or fox hunting.
Equestrian Team - We're proud to be a part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association; competing in both Western and English. Our team travels to about 20 shows per season and SMWC has often hosted regional horse shows. Learn more about our equestrian team!
Equine Studies Admission Procedure
Students who wish to complete the Equine Studies program must meet the requirements of a multi-level assessment system which provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to formally assess candidates‟ capabilities as prospective equine majors and to support the candidates in becoming competent, caring professionals.