The University's mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state, and it's still growing!
Western Carolina University's academic programs span more than 120 specialties - including the nation's highest-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina's accreditation program, and the nation's first accredited four-year emergency medical care program Students at WCU find a rigorous curriculum that prepares them to pursue more advanced study or move straight into a successful career.
WCU's distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards - to name a few. Faculty is dedicated to giving you hands-on experiences that link classwork to real-life applications. Business students act as consultants to small companies. Engineering students study a problem-based curriculum to help employers resolve manufacturing issues. Science students do field-based research on environmental issues - and more.
Undergraduate major programs include Accounting (BS, BA), Anthropology (BA, BS), Art (BA, BFA), Art Education (BS. Ed), Athletic Training (BS), Biology (BS), Birth-Kindergarten Education (BS), Business Administration and Law (BS, BA), Chemistry (BS, MS), Communication (BS), Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS), Computer Information Systems (BS, BA), Computer Science (BS), Construction Management (BS), Criminal Justice (BS), Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (BS), Electrical Engineering (BSEE), Elementary Education (BS Ed), Emergency Disaster Management (BS), Emergency Medical Care (BS), Engineering (BS), Engineering Technology (BS), English (BA), English Education (BS Ed), Entrepreneurship (BS, BA), Environmental Health (BS), Environmental Science (BS), and Film and Television Production (BFA)