Western Carolina University’s academic programs are housed in six colleges: Arts and
Sciences, Business, Education and Allied Professions, Fine and Performing Arts, Health
and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Technology.
In addition, Western Carolina’s Honors College coordinates courses and events in every
area of student, the Graduate School coordinates the admission process, funding support
and awarding of degrees to graduate students, and Hunter Library provides academic
support for all academic units.
While each college has a central home on campus where students in similar disciplines
learn and collaborate together, WCU prides itself on creating opportunities for students
to be exposed to a wide variety of fields during their time on campus. With that in
mind, our engineering students in the College of Engineering and Technology work with students in Arts and Sciences on the development of new machines, our Fine
and Performing Arts students have the opportunity to take courses in entrepreneurship
in the College of Business, and much more.
College of Arts and Sciences
Western Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in math, science and
the humanities. The College provides students with a liberal arts foundation where they are taught
to think critically, grow academically, and communicate effectively. Fields of study include anthropology, biology, chemistry, criminology, computer science,
English, languages, history, natural resources, physics, political science and more.
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College of Business
The College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in fields including
accounting, business administration, business law, economics, entrepreneurship, hospitality
and tourism, finance, sport management and more. In addition, the College of Business
operates the the Corporation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation(CEI) ;to facilitate
public private partnerships that bring together business owners, faculty, and students
who have a desire to grow an idea into a business.
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College of Education and Allied Professions
The primary role of the College of Education and Allied Professions is to prepare
educators, counselors, psychologists, recreation personnel and other human service
specialists at both entry and advanced levels. These professionals will staff public
elementary, secondary, postsecondary schools, sport and recreation agencies, and other
human service organizations in North Carolina and the region beyond.
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and recreation and more
College of Engineering and Technology
The College of Engineering and Technology offers undergraduate and graduate programs
in engineering with concentrations in electrical, mechanical and manufacturing engineering
as well as construction management. Graduates are highly sought after by employers
thanks in part to the college’s focus on applied learning through its Rapid Center,
Automation Lab, Optoelectronics Lab and Engineering Design Lab. Through the Rapid Center, the College of Engineering and Technology offers the services of a university-based, product development center for inventors,
entrepreneurs, project sponsors and business partners throughout the Southeast and beyond.
David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts
The David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts includes the School of Stage
and Screen, the School of Art and Design and the School of Music. Its mission is to strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of
the university and the larger community by providing a creative learning environment
in the fine and performing arts. CFPA students study studio art, graphic design, theater, film, music performance and
more. The Bardo Center for the Performing Arts and the WCU Fine Art Museum offer performance
and exhibition opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
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College of Health and Human Sciences
WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences serves as an important resource to meet
Western North Carolina’s growing demand for trained nurses and other health care professionals.
The college also attracts students from around the world for award-winning programs
in fields such as athletic training, emergency medical care, forensic science, physical
therapy, recreational therapy, social work and more. The college's programs are housed
at WCU's state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building. This four story building encompasses over 160,000 square feet of space, including
state of the art classrooms, laboratory spaces, and a developing interprofessional
Learn more about programs in nursing, nutrition, athletic training, social work, physical
therapy and more