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Academics at Catawba


Academic programs are at the heart of any college, and just as important is the philosophy that guides those academic programs.

Catawba's faculty believe that the best prepared college graduate is someone who is not only trained for their first professional experience, but for the job that they will retire from in thirty to forty years. That preparation includes not just knowledge, but key skills that employers are seeking in today’s college graduates. Based on surveys from employers, the key skills college graduates should have include:

  • Communication: Articulate thoughts, ideas clearly and effectively with persons inside and outside of organization; demonstrate public speaking skills; and communicate new ideas to others; write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

  • Critical thinking: Exercise sound reasoning and analytical thinking; demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work.

  • Analytical problem solving: obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data to analyze situations, make decisions, and solve workplace problems.

  • Teamwork: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints; be able to work within team structure; and be able to negotiate and manage conflicts.

  • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals; use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others; demonstrate ability to assess and manage one’s own emotions and those of others, using empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and prioritize and delegate work.

  • Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability, effective work habits, e.g. punctuality, working productively with others, and workload management, and understand impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image; demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior; act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind; and be able to learn from one’s mistakes.

Whether you major in accounting, worship arts, nursing, history, sports management, computer science, English, or any of the 70 academic fields of study at Catawba, you will not just be learning the content of your major, but also these critical skills that will be important to your professional career.

Catawba’s faculty believe in the idea that the best college graduate combines the knowledge of a major with the skills that are honed within a liberal-arts setting, all designed to prepare you for your career potential, whatever and wherever that may lead you.

In addition, opportunities outside of the classroom, such as the Catawba to Career program, work study, honor societies, and clubs and organizations can refine and hone these skills that are developed in the classroom.

Ultimately, Catawba graduates tell us that when they complete their education, they have seen “very much” or “quite a bit” of growth in these key areas, such as:


Source: Catawba College’s National Survey of Student Engagement, 2016.


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Academic Information

Majors, Minors, and Fields of Study
A summary of all degrees and fields of study offered

Our latest college catalog is available online for easy access. Past issues are also available

Class Openings
View a list of our current class openings and offerings.

Academic Calendar
View key dates for the current and upcoming academic years.

Academic Departments and Schools
Details about majors, minors and offerings for each department.

Programs and Centers
Special programs and college centers which serve many roles such as academic support, enrichment and community outreach.

College Honors Program
Make the most of your educational experience through the Catawba College Honors Program.

International Study
Study abroad in England, Canada, Italy and Netherlands, Spain, and more!

Important Dates and Special Days
Open Houses and special academic interest days, prospective student receptions, accepted student days, and more!

Catawba College accreditation information.


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