Department of Social Work

Emeritus Society - Lifelong Learning

The Emeritus Society seeks to provide stimulating noncredit opportunities for adult learners by providing a learning community that affirms the unique attributes that adult students bring to the classroom—delight in the joy of learning, intellectual savvy, and substantial life experience.

Students are encouraged and supported in pursuing their intellectual interests with like-minded peers. Our college-level courses are designed to satisfy a hunger for intellectual nourishment without the pressure of tests and grades. We invite you to join us!

Please view the Fall 2023 Brochure (PDF) – classes are enrolling now!

View this news clip featuring one of our most popular classes, “The Profs Do the Movies.”

The Emeritus Society offers approximately 25 courses annually. Our courses conform to an arts and sciences curriculum and are planned by the Program Director, Dr. Elise Eifert, on the basis of member requests, the expertise of instructors, variety, and balance.

Topics include:

  • Arts, Music & Culture
  • History
  • Literature
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Sciences & Technology
  • Current Events
  • And more!

Emeritus Society instructors are a mix of professors, current and retired, from UNC Greensboro and nearby universities, graduate students, independent scholars, and community experts. If you have a topic for a class or know of someone who would make a great Emeritus Society instructor, please contact the Program Director at

Emeritus Society classes are about the love of learning. There are no tests or grades. Participation is essential, ranging from keeping up with assigned readings, contributing to class discussion, and sharing personal experience. Courses typically meet once per week for 75-90 minutes over a 6-week period; class times vary but typically occur during business hours. Please check the detailed course descriptions for exceptions.

Emeritus Society is a self-supporting arm of UNC Greensboro. Class fees, not tax dollars, are used to meet costs for the program. Each course costs $140 and covers the room rental, instructor salary, event promotion, and special events like “The Profs Do the Movies” are offered at variable costs. All courses are priced individually and are listed in the course descriptions.

Emeritus Society courses are open to people of all ages and educational backgrounds. Enrollment in the Emeritus Society Courses is handled through SERVE, Inc., a non-profit corporation established to support UNC Greensboro. You can register here or contact SERVE, Inc. at (336) 740-0211 or

You are enrolled only when payment is received. Register early to avoid inconvenience. Late registrants could miss important announcements such as last-minute changes in location. Instructors may not have enough materials for those registering late.

Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. If the class you want is filled, we keep a waiting list. Partial enrollment to attend portions of the classes cannot be accepted. Detailed information on class location and parking will be supplied upon confirmation.

The majority of courses are taught face to face at various locations in Greensboro including:

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (607 N Greene St)
  • Christ United Methodist Church (410 N Holden Rd)
  • UNC Greensboro main campus

Some courses are being taught online via Zoom. Links to classes are provided upon enrollment.

Will courses still meet if there is adverse weather?

When the university closes due to adverse weather (such as ice and/or snow, or other conditions) Emeritus Society classes are cancelled as well. Details can be found on the UNCG homepage or by dialing one of the following numbers:

Details are also available on the Triad’s four television stations: WFMY-TV (News 2), WGHP-TV (Fox 8), WXII-TV (News Channel 12) and WXLV (ABC 45). Some area radio stations also have information.

When the university decides to remain open but Emeritus Society classes are cancelled, you will be notified of the cancellation by SERVE, Inc.

How do I add, drop, or get a refund for an Emeritus class?

To receive a refund, a written request must be received prior to the first class meeting. A $5 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Cancellation requests received after the first class meeting but before the second meeting will receive a full refund minus a $15 cancellation fee.

ALL written requests should be emailed to or mailed to:
Emeritus Society
5900 Summit Avenue, #201
Browns Summit, NC 27214