Vocation, Ethics, and Society (VESO) is an interdisciplinary minor intended to help you explore your world as you contemplate your own lives, ideals, and work. Most students come to college asking “What am I good at?”, “How can I make a good living?”, and “How will I get a job?” While these are important questions, VESO minors get to consider their vocations in a broader context. VESO minors end up asking questions such as, “How are my perspectives and vocational goals shaped by my socio-economic status and culture?”, “What responsibilities do I have within my society?”, and “How will my life’s work contribute to the well-being of others?” At Millsaps, we don’t only want to help you get a job, we also want you to find your voice.

  • Shelli Poe—Millsaps College

    Shelli Poe

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies; Director of Initiative for Vocational Inquiry; Director of Vocation, Ethics, and Society



    B.A., Bethel University; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Virginia

    "I teach in the Religious Studies Department and specialize in Christianity. One of my aims as a teacher is to open students to the broad and rich thought-life of Christians throughout time and space. My students and I explore the many different Christianities we find across the globe and here in the U.S. It’s amazing just how diverse Christians really are. What’s more—we find that Christianity has profound capacities for self-criticism and change. By studying Christianity in an academic context, students become empowered to engage in our multi-religious world with deep respect for the complexity of religious life.

    "I teach courses like History of Christian Thought, Modern and Contemporary Theology, Christian Liberation: Race and Sex, The Pentecostal Explosion, The Meaning of Work, Does Religion Belong in the Hospital?, Feminism in Religious Traditions, and Re-thinking Jesus. In these courses, I take a learner-centered approach. I focus on helping students achieve their particular learning goals and providing opportunities and assistance for them to develop their own reflections and thoughts."