The mission of Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies is to provide transformational experiences for adult students in order to develop skills for critical thinking, effective communication, civic engagement and professional success.
Our strategy is to contribute to the growth of the university by providing quality, mission-centric educational experiences delivered in an environment that provides excellent service to our adult students.
Why Adult Undergraduate Programs?
Queens University of Charlotte's adult undergraduate program - housed in Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies - provides undergraduate education within a liberal arts framework to non-traditional students in the Charlotte community. Adult students can begin or complete an undergraduate degree, earn a second bachelors degree, or simply take specific courses of interest.
Our flexibility helps adults maintain their busy schedules. We offer classes either during the day, evening, weekend or online/hybrid. Evening classes meet from 6:00-8:45 p.m., and weekend classes are usually held Saturday mornings or afternoons. Hayworth School operates on a trimester system that offers year-round study with generous breaks between the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
Queens University of Charlotte was founded in 1857. In 1914, the university moved to its present campus in the Myers Park residential area. Though originally a college for women, Queens began accepting men as daytime non-residential students after World War II. A coeducational evening college was created in 1948 for adult learners. Basic courses such as accounting, English composition, fine arts, great books in Western history, modern Spanish, and science were offered for credit.
In 1979, the traditional liberal arts college at Queens was named the College of Arts and Sciences, and New College was inaugurated as a coeducational evening program designed for working adults. The College of Arts and Sciences began admitting male resident students in 1987, making Queens fully "coed" in the traditional sense.
In 1995, New College was renamed in honor of Pauline Lewis Hayworth, a Queens University of Charlotte trustee and alumna (class of 1950). She was a strong supporter of educational programs and scholarships for adult students. In her words, "It is so important for people who have not finished their degrees to return to college. Queens will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am proud to be a part of its success in adult education."
In 2002, the College of Arts and Sciences, Hayworth College, and McColl Graduate School of Business unified under the banner of "Queens University of Charlotte." Collectively, the university offers a full range of programs for adult and evening students seeking degrees or interested in individual courses, both undergraduate and graduate. Many of Queens' daytime undergraduate programs are presented in tandem to evening students.
Continuing to grow as a leading university in the Southeast and committed to being a community asset, Queens joined with Presbyterian Hospital to successfully address a regional and national nursing shortage. In the summer of 2004, Presbyterian Hospital announced that it would transfer its school of nursing to Queens, thus creating the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University of Charlotte. The school offers associates, bachelors, and masters degrees in nursing and is now the largest of five nursing schools in Mecklenburg County.