Catawba College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in Salisbury, North Carolina
Founded in 1851 by the North Carolina Classis of the Reformed Church in Newton, Catawba College adopted its name from its county of origin, Catawba County, before moving to its current home of Salisbury in 1925.
Today, Catawba College still holds loose ties with the successor to the Reformed Church, the United Church of Christ, and offers more than thirty undergraduate degrees.
In 2009, Catawba College was listed as 17th in the U.S. News and World Report in the category “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South.” Catawba College has been consistently named as one of the “361 Best Colleges” by the Princeton Review, and the school’s theatre program is consistently rated as one of the top 10 in the nation, and in 2011 alone, winning 8 awards from the Metrolina Theatre Association for their production of Bright Lights, Big City. In 2008 and 2009, In Tune Monthly named Catawba College one of the best music schools in the country.
Catawba College offers over 70 fields of study in a variety of disciplines, including athletic training, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication arts, education, English, environmental science, history, integrated marketing communication, mathematics, music, music business, music education, musical theatre, physical education, political science and pre-law, pop music, pre-med, pre-ministerial, pre-pharmacy, psychology, recreation, religion, philosophy, sociology, Spanish, sport management, sustainable business and community development, theatre arts, and more.
A variety of minors are also available. Students may also be invited to participate in the College’s Honors Program. Other special programs and college centers include the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, the Writing Center, the Math Center, Sustainable Catawba, Volunteer Catawba, the Center for the Environment, Career Services, the Curriculum Materials Center, Summer School, and Winter Term.
For working adults, Catawba’s School of Evening and Graduate Studies offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), with concentrations in Business Management, Information Systems, and Administration of Justice. In conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education, the Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.) degree may be earned with a major in Birth – Kindergarten Education; at the graduate level, the Master of Education degree in elementary education is also offered.