Western Carolina University - Bachelor's Degree

The fifth oldest institution of the sixteen four-year universities in the UNC system, WCU was founded to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. WCU now serves more than 10,000 full-time undergraduate and post graduate students, providing an education to students from 48 states and 35 countries.

  • Average Tuition USD 31,279

School Description

WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. WCU now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Bachelor Programs

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    Accountancy

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The curriculum focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated

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    Anthropology

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs.

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    Art History

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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    Biology

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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    Business Administration

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

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    Chemistry

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

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    Communication

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 09.0100 - 09.0199.

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    Computer Engineering

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of computer hardware and software systems and related equipment and facilities; and the analysis of specific problems of computer applications to various tasks.

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    Computer Information Systems

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of professionals who use computer systems. Includes instruction in basic computer design and architecture, programming, problems of specific computer applications, component and system maintenance and inspection procedures, hardware and software problem diagnosis and repair, and report preparation.

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    Computer Science

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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    Construction Engineering

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific, mathematical, and management principles to the planning, design, and building of facilities and structures. Includes instruction in civil engineering, structural principles, site analysis, computer-assisted design, geology, evaluation and testing, materials, contracting, project management, graphic communications, and applicable laws and regulations.

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    Criminal Justice

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of organization management and criminal justice to the administration of public law enforcement agencies and operations. Includes instruction in law enforcement history and theory, operational command leadership, administration of public police organizations, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.

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    Education

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

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    Electrical Engineering

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including electrical power generation systems; and the analysis of problems such as superconductor, wave propagation, energy storage and retrieval, and reception and amplification.

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    English

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

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    Enterprise

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to perform development, marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a business.

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    Environmental Studies

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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    Film Studies

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

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    Finance

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

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    Forensic Science

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. Includes instruction in forensic medicine, forensic dentistry, anthropology, psychology, entomology, pathology, forensic laboratory technology and autopsy procedures, DNA and blood pattern analysis, crime scene analysis, crime scene photography, fingerprint technology, document analysis, witness and suspect examination procedures, applicable law and regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

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    Graphic Design

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

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    History

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

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    Hospitality Management

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to manage travel-related enterprises and related convention and/or tour services. Includes instruction in travel agency management, tour arranging and planning, convention and event planning, travel industry operations and procedures, tourism marketing and promotion strategies, travel counseling, travel industry law, international and domestic operations, and travel and tourism policy.

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    Interior Design

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

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    Management

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt in a rapidly changing, dynamic, and competitive global marketplace

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    Mathematics

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

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    Media Production

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the development, use, critical evaluation, and regulation of new electronic communication technologies using computer applications; and that prepares individuals to function as developers and managers of digital communications media. Includes instruction in computer and telecommunications technologies and processes; design and development of digital communications; marketing and distribution; digital communications regulation, law, and policy; the study of human interaction with, and use of, digital media; and emerging trends and issues.

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    Music

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

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    Music Education

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

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    Nursing

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

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    Performing Arts

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the creation and interpretation of works and performances that use auditory, kinesthetic, and visual phenomena to express ideas and emotions in various forms, subject to aesthetic criteria.

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    Philosophy

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

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    Physical Education

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on activities and principles that promote physical fitness, achieve and maintain athletic prowess, and accomplish related research and service goals. Includes instruction in human movement studies, motivation studies, rules and practice of specific sports, exercise and fitness principles and techniques, basic athletic injury prevention and treatment, and organizing and leading fitness and sports programs.

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    Political Science

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

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    Psychology

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • 1 University Way, Cullowhee, NC 28723, United States

    Social Work

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

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    Sociology

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

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    Spanish

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.

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    Sports Management

    USD 19,023 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the principles and practices of managing parks and other recreational and fitness facilities; providing recreational, leisure and fitness services; and the study of human fitness.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.75
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 450
  • Minimum SAT 1380
  • Minimum ACT 20

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    Established in 1889

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          • Testimony
            1978-1984, BSBA / MBA, Marketing, Management

            Western Carolina University provides a value for anyone wishing too get real world experience in an academic setting by instructors that care for the students. They provide a huge selection of programs aimed at preparing students to compete and get employed. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the world set in a valley surrounded by the Smokey Mountains in NC.. The faculty and administration bring a passion to education rarely found in today's world. It is a fun place to learn and grow.

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            2000-2009, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

            WCU is a medium sized school with a small feel. It has small class sizes, a community environment, and a connection to the campus community. They provide opportunities and attention to each student and break traditional barriers. They hire people that are personal, enthusiastic, inspired, and mission-driven.

          • Testimony
            1988-1996, Manufacturing Engineering Technology

            I returned to university at WCU after many years in the work place. The support and guidance I got from the faculity and advisors there was invaluable. It took several years of part-time classes, while working full-time, to complete the degree requirements but my career has flourished since completion. The professors were demanding, but very helpful whenever I went to them seeking clarification or better understanding of a lesson. I received a quality, sound education to allow me to seek out advancement in the company I was employed with during my studies and another company since. I strongly recommend a degree from Western Carolina University to achieve your career aspirations.