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WCU Distance and Online Programs

The following links, provide you with important information to assist you during your time at WCU. These resources and student support services are available to you, whether you are across campus or across the country!

Distance Learning Services is here to help you!  If after reviewing this information, you have a question and are not sure who to contact, contact us!  We will answer your question or get you connected directly to someone who can assist you.  Distance Learning Services can be reached at 828-227-7397 or

How-To Instructions

Check out our new How-to Instructions for Distance Students page with videos and other tutorials to help you with important processes.

How-to Instructions for Distance Students


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Additional Information


myWCU is the WCU student portal where you can do almost everything you need. From registration and bill paying to update your contact information and applying for graduation, myWCU is the place to conduct most of your business. Learn more on the myWCU login page.


WCU posts our courses in Blackboard. You will not be able to access your courses until the first scheduled day of classes. You can view a quick Introduction to Blackboard to help get you started. Once you are registered for a class, inside of Blackboard, you can view the Blackboard Student Readiness Module to help get you used to using this important tool. If you have trouble, check to the Known Issues, or you can contact the IT Help Desk at 828-227-7487.

Catamount Email

All WCU students have a student email account. For security reasons, this will be the primary tool we use for communication about your student records, waitlists, reminders, and all other student information. It is essential to your success that you check your Catamount email regularly.

Accessibility Resources

Contact the Office of Accessibility Resources if you require accommodations based on a documentable disability. Your information will remain confidential and secure, and you will never be required to disclose your disability unless you require accommodations.

Computer Requirements

All WCU students must own a computer that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements. If you do not already own a computer with these specs, then we offer some assistance for Student and Personal Computer Purchases. IT Services offers Office (PC or Mac versions) for free and will help install Adobe Reader. If you have any trouble with your computer or any of WCU's online services, please contact the IT Department.

For the most up-to-date view of the Distance Learning Courses and current seating availability, use the Dynamic Schedule of Classes. Here is a helpful guide to using this tool called, How Do I Search for Classes?

We have also created the following class lists to help with searching for classes. *Please note that these schedules are updated periodically and might not accurately reflect current seating availability. They are primarily for reference purposes.

Spring 2021 

This schedule is still being compiled. We expect a more accurate schedule to be prepared sometime in mid-October and will post it then. Thank you.



If you need information about your Liberal Studies requirements, please see the Liberal Studies tab above.

Distance students can order their books through the WCU Bookstore, or through a third party vendor of their choice. Check out our helpful guide to ordering books, How Do I Find and Order Textbooks?


Book Lists*

Below are the current book lists Distance Learning has from the different Colleges, and they only apply to Distance Learning coursework. Book requirements can change from semester to semester, so these lists are only valid for the semester listed. If you are using Financial Aid to pay for textbooks, you will want to go through the bookstore to specifically purchase any textbooks. Also, we recommend always checking to see what books are listed on the Bookstore website, as professors do often have the automony to change texts. 

College of Business: 

Business Core Textbook List

Business Administration and Law Textbook List

Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship Textbook List 

Criminal Justice - Adminstration of Justice:

Criminal Justice Textbook List (this the recommended list from the program, but professor can change texts when needed - please confirm with the bookstore list). 

*Last Update: Fall 2020 

The purpose of the WCU Liberal Studies Program is to prepare students to become contributing and informed citizens in a global community. There are several ways to satisfy Liberal Studies coursework.

 WCU Courses: The Matrix provides a list of the most common courses offered in Distance Learning Sections at WCU. For a complete list of the courses that meet Liberal Studies requirements, please check out the Master Liberal Studies Check Sheet, which can be found here. Many of these courses are not available in Distance Sections. But, should you need to find an equivalent course at another school, this will help expand the search options.

NCCCS Courses: The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) offers many courses to meet Liberal Studies requirements. Approximately forty (40) courses in the system are designated as Universal General Education Transfer Credits (UGETC’s). These courses are pre-articulated and require no permission to register or transfer, while you are a current student. They are guaranteed to transfer in and count as the course, or in the category, they are listed. For that reason, they are the safest and easiest choice for current students wishing to take these courses.

CLEP/DSST Testing: College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) tests and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are a fast and easy way to acquire Liberal Studies credits. You can take those tests at the WCU Testing Center. Or you can find a testing facility near you. In either case, these are a great way to “test out” of a course in the Liberal Studies program. They are cost and time effective for students who might have a course that didn’t transfer, or who might have enough working knowledge of a subject to demonstrate equivalency.

UNC Online: UNC Online is a one-stop-shop for all the online courses and programs available in the UNC System. You can use their handy equivalency finder to search for and identify courses at any of those universities that will transfer back to WCU to count for any number of subjects.

We have gathered together the most common ways and means students acquire the credit they need and put them into an easy to use Liberal Studies Matrix. We update the matrix at the beginning of each semester's registration cycle. For current seating availability in any course, please see the Dynamic Schedule of Classes. Here is a short instructional guide about How Do I Search for Classes? to help make it easier to find the courses you need to fulfill Liberal Studies requirements.

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