Undergraduate Programs

Business Management

Offered in conjunction with the business administration department, the degree program prepares adults to be effective contributors to businesses and organizations by fostering entrepreneurial thinking and applied systems perspectives. It provides tools to assist adults to recognize, understand, and respond to the rapid changes affecting their lives, their organizations, and their communities. The degree is available at the Mars Hill campus, our Asheville Center on Airport Road, and satellite site in Burnsville.

Criminal Justice

The major in criminal justice prepares students for a career in criminal justice or related occupations.

Teacher Education

The teacher education degree is offered through the education department. The degree meets the state of North Carolina licensure requirements in the areas of elementary, middle grade, and secondary levels. STUDENTS PURSUING LICENSURE ONLY who hold a degree from an accredited higher education institution are not required to complete general education requirements in any major in education. (Major requirements for secondary [English, Mathematics, or Social Studies] or special subject areas [Art, Music, Physical Education, or Spanish] may not be offered in the Adult Studies evening program.) Licensure is available through AGS, and classes are offered at the Mars Hill campus and our Asheville Center on Airport Road.

Special Education

The major in special education is designed to prepare students for teaching in a general curriculum (K-12). The curriculum is structured so that prospective teachers will acquire competencies in learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional disorders. All students completing this major will participate in a full semester internship in a public school while taking related college methods courses.

Integrated Education

The integrated education major allows graduates, upon completion of a single major, to be fully certified in both general elementary education and special education.

Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work degree (B.S.W.) prepares adults for "generalist" social work practice. The curriculum focuses on values, knowledge, and skills requisite for professional practice so graduates can assist various individual, family, group, neighborhood, and community client systems.


The R.N. to B.S.N. program provides current registered nurses (R.N.) with an opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.).