ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Equine Studies at Goucher?

This program offers students unique opportunities to learn about many aspects of equine health and the equine industry. Students pair classroom experiences with applied classes at our on-campus stables, which house Goucher's 26 performance horses. Alumnae/i have donated many of the horses that flex their skills with Goucher’s nationally recognized equestrian team. (All students, not just team members, can minor in equine studies.) Additionally, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association is located on campus, drawing horse industry leaders to Goucher and providing students additional resources to study the business, management, and breeding of horses through internships.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

The equine studies minor provides students an opportunity to explore the care, management, and anatomy of horses through hands-on opportunities with Goucher’s horses. Students come to understand horses’ handling, physiology, behavior, health issues, and maintenance as well as the basics of small business management related to many careers in the equine industry.

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DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

The program is designed for maximum flexibility so that students can pair the minor with their other interests and prepare for a variety of careers, such as equine facility manager/owner, equine journalist, trainer, bloodstock agent, bloodstock importer, and veterinary services. Many students pair the equine studies minor with business, communications, biology, premedical/prehealth, or other majors. Students planning to apply to veterinary schools should also consult the prehealth advisor, Marisa Sanders.


Course Curriculum


Program Contacts

David Grossman, Department Chair

Additional Faculty

Erin Hudson, B.A. Equine Business Management, Equine Manager for Goucher, United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze Medalist, and Dressage and Endurance Trainer

Anna Jozwick, Coordinator of the Equine Studies Minor, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and Faculty Athletic Mentor to the Equestrian Team

Jen Smith, Director of the Equestrian Program, President of Zone IV Region I of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), Level III Riding Instructor through the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA)

Dr. Rachel Westerlund, V.M.D., M.P.H., Adjunct Professor, Owner of the Maryland Equine Center, Co-founder of the Equine Rescue Ambulance, Certified technical large animal emergency responder, Official for the National Steeplechase Association

Study Abroad

Goucher College students use study abroad as an integral component of their studies. Some choose to pursue semester long programs that afford them the opportunity for fieldwork and research on topics of their interest. Others choose to participate in Goucher College Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) courses, sometimes in addition to semester long study. Many students work with research and ideas generated by their study abroad in subsequent study in Baltimore, in internships, and in their capstone projects. Regardless of the type of program, students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.

Opportunities & Internships

For information regarding internships and opportunities, please contact Jennifer Bunty at or 410-337-6247.


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Handshake — a website for job postings, events, resumes/cover letters, and career management.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.