Liberal Arts education

For liberal arts colleges and universities today, the liberal arts refer to a broad education, including classical content areas (math, science, humanities, arts) and skill areas (critical & creative thinking, speaking, reading, writing, and doing art & science) which prepare you to be well-rounded and flexible. This type of education leads our graduates to ask good questions,  dig deeper than the first answer, and contribute responsibly to their world. The skills provided by a liberal arts education are especially desirable to employers in the ever-changing working environment of today.

At Mars Hill University, the liberal arts curriculum has three parts:

  • Foundations and Perspectives, providing fundamental knowledge and skill development and allowing for exploration of the traditional academic disciplines
  • Majors and minors, providing depth in one or more fields of study
  • Electives, providing breadth of study


Mars Hill University offers 34 majors with various concentrations and 35 minors for the traditional program.  Various academic programs are also offered through Adult and Graduate Studies which features non-traditional pathways to degree completion.

Traditional Undergraduate Majors

Traditional Undergraduate Minors


The Honors Program is a unique curricular program, designed in 2009 by faculty members from all three of Mars Hill University’s academic divisions and based on research into best practices in college honors education across the country. The program features a multi-disciplinary approach that complements the university’s interdisciplinary general education core.

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SLAM, the Student Liberal Arts Mosaic, provides an opportunity for Mars Hill University students to exhibit their creativity and energy to an audience that includes not only the entire campus community (students, faculty, and staff), but also the wider university family (trustees, alumni, and friends of the university).

During the sessions and panels of SLAM, students present the best of their work in a wide variety of subject areas and formats, sharing it in a spirit of intellectual cooperation.

Established in 2007, SLAM is an integral part of the university’s commitment to undergraduate research and to strengthening, coordinating, and promoting co-curricular and curricular experiential learning and activities.

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Writing Center

The Mars Hill University Writing Center offers free writing tutoring for all MHU students. Writing Center tutors are trained to provide assistance at all stages of the writing process, from prewriting to revising final drafts, and they work with writers in all disciplines.

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Math Center

The Math Center offers free assistance with assignments for math courses. You can bring your assignment, class notes, and work you have started on completing the assignment and peer tutors will be happy to help students with their questions.

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The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Center develops leaders who exhibit entrepreneurial traits, behaviors, and habits. In addition to curriculum for students to receive a minor or business concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership, the following program and activities are available:

Student Scholarship ProgramCase Competition

Student Business Club:  Provides MHU Students professional development opportunities by promoting leadership, fostering relationships and the entrepreneurial spirit through engaging interaction with business professionals.

Small Business Incubator Program: Trains, empowers and supports the next generation of MHU student entrepreneurs through early-stage financial assistance as well as offering coaching and guidance to students as they turn business ideas into reality.



The Center for Community Engagement is designed to make connections—between the campus and the wider community, between learning in and learning out of the classroom, between faith and academics, between action and reflection. The center also offers a certificate in community engagement.

Bonner Scholars Program   Bryan Award   Community Partners   Staff Certificate