Community, Religion, and Discourse


Since its founding in 1956 by the United Methodist Church and Rocky Mount leaders, North Carolina Wesleyan College has been affiliated with The United Methodist Church. The Heritage District Superintendent represents the United Methodist Conference on our Board of Trustees, and the college has a close working relationship with the Bishop and the Conference’s Board of Institutions, on which the Wesleyan President sits as an ex-officio member. The college embraces its historical association with The United Methodist Church and the inaugural teaching of its founder, John Wesley. The college is unconditionally committed to the intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of its students. We strive to embody the values and principles of The United Methodist Church while welcoming persons with all religious beliefs to our campus. We promote and support the following key principles of a Methodist affiliated college:

  1. The Place of Religion in Higher Education: We respect and provide for the teaching of religion within the curriculum. Faculty, staff and students have opportunities to explore the place of religious beliefs and practices within all academic disciplines and co-curricular activities. Our general education program requires that students take at least one course in religious studies. In addition, Wesleyan has a popular major and minor in Religious Studies.
  2. Social Justice: We affirm the basic rights of all persons to equal access to education and to spiritual growth within the college. We deplore acts of hate

or violence against groups or persons based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or economic status, and offer a climate of openness, acceptance, and support to enable all persons to participate fully in

the life of the college. We seek to create a community of scholarship and learning that facilitates social and academic participation as an inclusive right for all.

  1. Academic Freedom: We believe that academic freedom is protected for all members of the campus community and that the college should foster a campus environment that allows for the free and reasoned exchange of ideas, while guarding the expression of religious belief on campus. We recognize that excellence in higher education requires an environment that fosters an openness to discourse among faculty, students, and staff.

North Carolina Wesleyan College is open to all persons regardless of their religious beliefs. The college welcomes religious diversity as an opportunity for the broadening of minds and the enrichment of campus discourse. We provide opportunities for personal and private expressions of faith and the meaningful exchange of ideas for all members of the campus community.