Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science
General Natural Resources Management and Policy

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art/Art Studies
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
History
Interior Design
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Performance
Philosophy
Spanish Language and Literature

Business

Major Bachelors Masters
Accounting
Business Administration and Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance
Hospitality Management and Administration
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems
Marketing/Marketing Management
Other Business/Managerial Operations
Other Marketing

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Other Radio, Television, and Digital Communication

Education

Major Bachelors Masters
Art Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Community College Education
Education
Educational Leadership and Administration
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Other Education
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Engineering

Major Bachelors Masters
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering
Engineering Technology

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Disorders
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Environmental Health
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
International/Global Studies
Science, Technology and Society

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics
Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Chemistry
Forensic Chemistry
Geology/Earth Science

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Anthropology
Geography
Political Science and Government
Psychology
School Psychology
Sociology

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration
Social Work

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Technology

Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 4 Reviews

75% of students gave Western Carolina University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

Due to Western Carolina University's small student population, classes are the perfect size (about thirty people). I only have a couple of large classes (about ninety people). This allows students to get to know their professors on a personal level, and the teachers are all very open and welcoming. They strive to make sure every student has the opportunity to succeed. Many of my professors are there for me when I'm struggling with personal issues outside of class, and I'm very comforted knowing that I have such a great support system. With many organizations that are here to help such as the Writing and Learning Commons (WaLC), there's no reason that any student can't be successful in their endeavors. Of course college is going to be challenging, but the workload is just right. WCU has many majors and minors ranging from music to engineering, and everything in between. Students can excel in any area they wish.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Academics Rating

There are a variety of degrees from art to medical sciences and the class size is very small compared to other schools so your professors know and can help you.. My degree is a mixture of the two. With my degree in Communication Sciences and Distorders I hope to go onto grad school and become a speech learning pathologist. I will take all I've learned from my kind but strict professors that I have had at WCU and help change children's speech in nearby elementary schools. Yes there is a lot of work especially in my major because the professors want to prepare you to be accepted into grad school. My major is basically useless without a masters degree so I appreciate my professors challenging me.


Western Carolina University Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 3.00
Retention Rate 74%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in April and June.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Washington Semester (American University)

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technology

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Other: engineering, physical therapy, physicians assistant

Class Sizes at Western Carolina University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 31%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 2%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 67%
  • 100+ Students: 0%
Fewer than 20 Students 31%
50 - 100 Students 2%
20 - 49 Students 67%
100+ Students 0%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 91
  • Unknown and Other: 4
  • Latino: 2
  • Asian: 2
  • African American: 1
Caucasian 91
Unknown and Other 4
Latino 2
Asian 2
African American 1

Faculty at Western Carolina University

Total Faculty 616
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 15
Full-Time Professors 1,330
Male Faculty 312
Part-Time Professors 207
Women Faculty 304

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