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Professional Development and Enrichment Programs

Conversations with Mystery Writers

Grab your magnifying glass and investigate the shadowy world of mystery writing. Celebrated crime writers will dish on red herrings and whodunnits in this latest installment of the North Carolina Literary People sessions. MORE »

First Annual Forum on the Role of Higher Education in NC Native Nation Building

All are invited to kick off American Indian Heritage Month and raise awareness of the presence of North Carolina Native nations. MORE »

What's the Big Idea?

Join us for this fall’s WBI lecture series, “Future Vision: Survival Tactics for Our Changing Environment.” MORE »

NC Botanical Garden education and events

The North Carolina Botanical Garden provides educational programs about botany, nature study, gardening, conservation, and more. MORE

Civil War Programs

The UNC General Alumni Association offers a popular series of courses and field studies that explore topics related to the War Between the States. Classes are held in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. MORE

Adventures in Ideas

From the UNC Program in the Humanities, these sessions feature in-depth explorations of topics drawing on the latest scholarship and the most dynamic faculty from UNC and other area institutions. MORE »

Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers a variety of lifelong learning opportunities for adults and teens. More

Humanities in Action

Humanities in Action events explore contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment. These compelling lectures have been featured on CSPAN and offer participants a chance to grapple with real-world issues. MORE

Noncredit  Learning Opportunities

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education works in partnership with other University departments to develop and promote noncredit learning opportunities to the general public.

Professional Development and Enrichment Programs at the Friday Center

The Friday Center, formerly known as the bureau of extension, has been bringing University resources to the community since 1913. The Center’s Professional Development and Enrichment Programs unit offers noncredit seminars and workshops for professional education and a stimulating selection of enrichment courses taught by outstanding UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, alumni, and community experts. Regularly offered programs include BRIDGES, Under the Atrium events, and the What’s the Big Idea? Lecture Series.

Other Continuing Education Opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill

Since the Bureau of Extension at the University of North Carolina was formally organized in 1913, continuing education has become a significant activity in a number of schools and departments throughout the University. Explore the links below to learn more about Carolina's continuing education opportunities.

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