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Academic Programs & Faculty

Winthrop’s academic experiences are intentionally designed to meet student intellectual and personal development needs, particularly for those who have been historically underserved. The University is a leader among institutions of its kind in academic excellence, scholarly exploration, and civic engagement. Embedded within the inclusive culture is a focus on equity among all students, faculty, and staff. Its stellar academic experiences provide the basis for recognitions including the 2019 Princeton Review – The Best 384 Colleges list; US News and World Report – Best Colleges list (2018); and one of 32 postsecondary institutions recognized nationally for “beating the odds” in helping students, particularly minority students, most prone to dropping out of college persist toward graduation.

The academic mission of Winthrop emphasizes inquiry and critical thinking in a way that places Winthrop graduates at a competitive advantage when faced with significant challenges or asked to assume leadership positions within their communities. To that end, Winthrop is one of only seven institutions formally affiliated with the Foundation for Critical Thinking for teaching critical thinking in an intentional way across its general education curriculum. The emphasis on mentorship and individualized interactions provides opportunities for professors engaged in discovery or practice to collaborate with students. These opportunities—ranging from undergraduate and graduate research experiences, internships, study abroad, and community outreach—enable students to apply their knowledge to grow and flourish.

Division of Academic Affairs

Winthrop’s Division of Academic Affairs serves as a cornerstone of the experiences within and outside of classroom. The following areas constitute the Division of Academic Affairs: CBA: Carroll Hall

Winthrop has more than 500 faculty and academic personnel across the various units within the division. Over 280 are full-time faculty, 88% of whom hold terminal degrees and 82% of whom are tenured or tenure-track.

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Winthrop undergraduate and graduate students come from across the nation and globe to pursue degrees including: COE: Withers

  • Bachelor of Arts,
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts,
  • Bachelor of Music,
  • Bachelor of Music Education,
  • Bachelor of Science,
  • Bachelor of Social Work; and
  • Master of Arts,
  • Master of Arts in Teaching,
  • Master of Business Administration,
  • Master of Education,
  • Master of Fine Arts,
  • Master of Liberal Arts,
  • Master of Music,
  • Master of Music Education,
  • Master of Science,
  • Master of Social Work,
  • Master in Sports Fitness Administration

Specialist degrees include School Psychology and Educational Leadership. Winthrop also offers several graduate certificates. Notably, students may elect to pursue select graduate programs as evening, weekend, or online programs.


Winthrop is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC). This accreditation was reaffirmed in 2011, and a periodic review report was completed in 2017.

Individualized accreditations and approvals include:

  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Art & Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
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