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Higher Education

Catawba College

Catawba College is a small, private college, with about 1,300 students, that offers over 70 academic fields of study.  Founded in 1851, the institution is dedicated to preparing students for employment and graduate school through mentoring, a well-rounded curriculum, strong academics, career-focused experiential education and co-curricular opportunities. Committed and supportive faculty, staff and coaches encourage students and challenge them to excel in their pursuits in and out of the classroom. In turn, as students grow and discover their passions and vocational directions, they inspire each other and strengthen the campus community. Offering a deep sense of belonging for students of diverse racial, religious, socio-economic and academic backgrounds, Catawba College encourages its members to become the best versions of themselves.


Hood Theological Seminary

The Seminary offers four graduate degree programs. The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the major program of the Seminary. It is designed to provide a well-rounded preparation for ordained ministry with concentrations in Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Theology and Social Ethics, Christian Education, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Preaching and Worship. The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program grounds students in the Christian religious heritage while training them in the skills of critical thinking and academic writing. It is accordingly designed to serve those who desire a better understanding of the Christian faith for the purposes of personal edification, teaching, and/or preparation for doctoral studies. The Master of Arts in Chaplaincy is for individuals who desire to develop an approach to spiritual care, who possess authentic concern for humankind, and who desire to gain academic and clinical knowledge regarding the spiritual, caregiver, emotional, pastoral support and chaplain roles in diverse contexts. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is the highest degree awarded by the Seminary. Students have the option of pursuing a general Doctor of Ministry degree or specializing in Pastoral Theology and Care, Leadership Ministry, or Community Advocacy and Social Justice Ministry, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and Homiletics and Preaching. Hood also offers three graduate certificate programs: General Theological Studies Certificate Program; Biblical Studies Certificate Program; and the Certificate in United Methodist Studies. In addition, the Seminary offers non-degree/audit classes. Each of these programs accentuates a ministry to the total person and seeks to foster a dynamic relationship among the many disciplines and competencies which undergird effective Christian ministry.


Livingstone College

Livingstone College is a private historically black institution that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for learning, it provides excellent liberal arts and religious education programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to develop their potential for leadership and service to a global community.


Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prepares individuals for careers in approximately 40 programs of study in business, health and public services, and industrial and engineering technologies. The college also offers the Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts and Associate in Science degree programs for those students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.