We do scholarship, character, culture, and service.


Located in the temperate Piedmont region of North Carolina, Catawba is a private residential college offering more than 70 fields of study and a curriculum grounded in liberal studies with an emphasis on career preparation. Since our founding in 1851, we have provided an education rich in personal attention that gives our students a great foundation for their first job and every job they will hold throughout their careers.

Programs of Study 

School of Arts & Sciences
• Administration of Justice
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Environment & Sustainability
- Environmental & Outdoor Education
- Environmental Science
- Natural Resource Management
- Sustainable Management & Leadership
• History
• Literature
• Mathematical Finance
• Mathematics
• Modern Foreign Languages
• Nursing
• Politics:
- Pre-law
- Public Administration
• Psychology
• Religion & Philosophy
- Christian Ministries
- Theology & Philosophy
• Sociology
• Spanish Education (K-12 Licensure)
• Writing
• Pre-professional Advising Programs
- Dentistry
- Health
- Law
- Medicine
- Ministry
- Pharmacy
- Veterinary Medicine


• Accounting
• Business Administration
- Accounting
- Communication
- Economics
- Entrepreneurship
- General Management
- Information Systems
- International Business
- Marketing
• Communication
- Sports Communication
• Economics & Finance
• Integrated Marketing Communication

Teacher Education
Elementary Education
Middle School Education
- Language Arts
- Mathematics
- Science
- Social Studies
Secondary Education (Licensure Programs)
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Comprehensive Science
- Comprehensive Social Studies
- English
- Mathematics
- Spanish
Special Education (K-12 Licensure)

Sport and Health Sciences
Exercise Science
Health & Physical Education (K-12 Licensure)
Physical Education
Sport Management
Therapeutic Recreation

- Music Business
- Music Education
  (K-12 Licensure)
- Music Performance
- Popular Music
- Sacred Music
- Worship Arts
Musical Theatre
Theatre Arts
- Design & Production
- Performance
Theatre Arts Administration
Theatre Arts Education (K-12 Licensure)

Create your own major
Can’t find exactly the major you want? You have the opportunity to create your own.

We do personalized
With small classes, a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, and the ability for students to create their own academic major, Catawba’s strength lies in its ability to help students nurture and fully realize their dreams.

We help students develop skills that employers say they need, including the ability to solve problems, communicate clearly, utilize technology, and work in teams.

We doopportunity
By offering our students the chance to be active participants inside and outside the classroom, Catawba focuses on developing the whole person. Students thrive in our nurturing campus environment by playing on one of our 20 NCAA Division II athletic teams, joining one of our 40 clubs or organizations, playing intramural sports, being part of our Catawba Spirit marching band, or participating in a musical group or theatre production.

Want to study abroad? We do that too. Our students make short capstone trips as part of a class and can also spend semesters studying abroad in language and cultural immersion programs. International study broadens students’ perspectives and helps them gain insights into cultural diversity. Recent trips have taken our students and faculty to Greece, France, Wales, Costa Rica, and China.

We do real world
Experiential learning opportunities are an important component of almost every academic major on campus. These real-life, real-world opportunities give our students a chance to practically apply their classroom knowledge and explore a vocation to see if it is right for them. Whether the student completes a semester-long internship at a business or nonprofit or volunteers in a community service project, the experiences they gain are invaluable in helping shape their academic preferences and future.

We do access
One hundred percent of freshmen at Catawba receive financial assistance. We know that affordability and value matter, and Catawba is committed to helping deserving students realize their dream of earning a college degree. We provide access by offering generous merit-, talent-, and need-based funding that makes the cost of a Catawba College education comparable to that of public colleges and universities.