Carson–Newman College: Wikis


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Carson-Newman College
Carson-Newman College Logo (Trademark of Carson-Newman College)
Motto Truth, Beauty, Goodness
Established 1851
Type Private
Staff 199
Undergraduates 2,147
Postgraduates 173
Location Jefferson City, Tennessee, USA
Campus Suburban, 100 acres
Colors Orange & Blue
Nickname Eagles

Carson-Newman College is a historically Baptist liberal arts college located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Enrollment as of 2006-2007 was about 2,050. The college's students come from 44 U.S. states and 30 other countries. Studies are offered in approximately 90 different academic programs. Currently, the five most popular majors are: Nursing, Education, Business, Pre-Medicine/Biology, and Psychology. In addition to the overall institutional accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, many individual majors and programs are nationally accredited. Graduates from C-N typically go on to continue their education at some of the top seminaries and post-graduate institutions in America. C-N is recognized as having one of the better nursing programs in the state, and the pre-medicine programs consistently place students in top medical programs throughout the nation. Carson-Newman was ranked #110 on the Forbes "America's Best Colleges List" for 2009.[1]



On July 8, 2008, the trustees appointed Baylor University Provost Dr. J. Randall O'Brien as the 22nd president of the college.[2]


Established as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary in 1851, the school began by holding classes in a local Baptist church. Within a few years the institution became Mossy Creek Baptist College and occupied its own buildings on the site of the present campus.

In 1880, the college was named Carson College for James Harvey Carson(1801-1880), who left $15,000 of his estate to the school,[3][4]. For several years it existed alongside Newman College, a separate facility for the education of women named for William Cate Newman, who had donated money to the women's college. In 1889, the two colleges united as one of the first coeducational institutions in the South.

In 1919, Carson-Newman became officially affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The College was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1927 and the Association of American Colleges in 1928.

During most of its history, Carson-Newman College has served as a residential four-year, liberal arts college with courses of study leading to the baccalaureate degree. On campus, art galleries, theaters, a television studio and a state-of-the-art recital hall offer opportunities for students to exhibit their talents and to participate in a variety of visual and performing arts and productions.

Carson-Newman College has maintained its commitment to training ministers and Christian professionals while expanding its liberal arts program to include 53 undergraduate areas of study. In 1988, Carson-Newman College introduced five "Steeples of Excellence": the Center for Wellness, the Center for Educational Service to Appalachia, the Center for Baptist Studies, the Center for Global Education, and the Louis and Mary Charlotte Ball Institute for Church Music. These "Steeples" are areas of traditional strength in which the college seeks to establish a national reputation for excellence.[citation needed]

In 1997, Carson-Newman dedicated its Laboratory for Learning in the name of Dr. Ernest L. Boyer, past president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Established in 1993, this endeavor has garnered recognition for its efforts to transform education both inside and outside the classroom.[citation needed] Carson-Newman was one of only 17 colleges and universities in the United States chosen to participate in this national initiative.[citation needed]

Through Appalachian Outreach, many churches send volunteers to spend their summers working with the institution in poverty relief efforts, and many C-N students have been among volunteers to respond to national disasters. The first ministry team permitted to work with China’s leprosy patients consisted of Carson-Newman faculty, students and staff.[citation needed] Recent summers have seen a host of C-N missions and education initiatives across the globe, including China, Costa Rica and Djibouti. The College also offers programs to assist pastors and church leaders. The Norton Institute provides educational opportunities and spiritual enrichment through area churches. Over 1,000 C-N students are annually involved in Christian missions and service opportunities through the College’s Campus Ministries Office.

Majors and programs

Carson-Newman offers the following programs of study:

  • Art: Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Photography
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology: Biotechnology, Environmental Studies, Health Professions, Research/Teaching
  • Business: Accounting, Administration, Financial Economics, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication: Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, Radio/Television/Film, Speech
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Services: Interior Design, Retailing
  • English: Creative Writing, Literature
  • Exercise Science
  • Film Studies
  • Food, Nutrition, Dietetics
  • French
  • General Studies
  • History
  • Human Exceptionalities
  • Human Services
  • Languages
  • Leisure Services (discontinued as of Fall 2009)
  • Liberal Studies: Elementary Education
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music: Composition, Music Education (Instrumental and General/Vocal), Theory, Church Music, Performance
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics: Professional, Applied
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Professional: Dentistry, Engineering, Health Information Management, Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Religion: Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies, Church Recreation/Youth Ministry, Ministries
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Theatre


Carson-Newman is a member of the South Atlantic Conference and fields sixteen varsity teams in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II competition. Men's varsity sports at Carson-Newman are: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, and Track & Field. Wrestling will no longer be offered due to budget cuts. Women's sports are: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball

The college's athletic facilities include Burke-Tarr Stadium, Ken Sparks Athletic Complex, McCown Field, the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex, six tennis courts, a softball complex, Holt Fieldhouse, and Butler-Blanc Gymnasium. Head football coach Ken Sparks who is a graduate of the school and has been coaching the team since 1980 ranks fourth in most wins among active NCAA coaches.[5]

In 2007, the C-N baseball team won the South Atlantic Conference Tournament after defeating Tusculum College twice in one day. The team planned to travel to Tampa, Florida, to compete in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.


Notable alumni


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