Degree Programs

The program offers three degree tracks designed to suit a wide range of academic and professional interests. The customizable programs prepare WCU students for a variety of post-graduate careers and graduate opportunities

The Arts & Humanities curriculum leads to a B.A. degree and provides a broad-based liberal arts education which allows students to take a wide range of classes in the arts, sciences, humanities, behavioral and social sciences, foreign languages, writing, and mathematics. Within the course requirements outlined below, students must complete at least one minor (usually 18 semester hours) in a department within the College of Arts and Sciences, or in Political Science, Geography, Economics or Music.

The B.S. program in Sciences and Mathematics prepares students for careers that combine the sciences with liberal arts fields, such as art, literature, history) or social and behavioral sciences, for example. This is the degree for students who have a strong interest in science, yet also wish to take courses in non-science areas. A graduate of the BS in Liberal Studies: Math and Science program might, for instance, minor in both biology and technical writing, with plans to become a medical editor in the future. This is an ideal degree to pursue for students who want to attend a professional program such as Medical, Dental, Veterinary, or Physician’s Assistant post-graduate programs. Within the course requirements outlined below, students must complete at least one minor in the science of their choice.

For the B.S. in Professional Studies students in the major create a curriculum that includes the general education requirements (40 credits), a major breadth/distributive component (18 credits), and major electives (at least 30 of which must be taken at the 300/400 level). Students are required to earn two academic minors, at least one of which must be from one of the University’s professional areas of study.  Most of the professional minors come from Colleges of Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, and Health Sciences.  However, there are several “professional” minors in the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and the Sciences and Mathematics.  The required minor courses will be incorporated into the major elective course component.

Here's what the program requires in addition to General Education courses:

Degree BA* BS*  
Track Arts & Humanities Sciences  & Mathematics Professional Studies
Courses (any level)
Science 6 32 3
Behavioral/Social Sciences 6 6 3
Humanities 6 6 3
The Arts 6 3 6 (or other distributive areas)
Foreign Language 12 __ __
Liberal Studies Electives (300-400 level)  30  20 30
 Free Electives As needed to complete minimum 120 credits 27
Minor Requirement: Both tracks must complete at least one minor. B.A. students select among arts and sciences subjects (as above), and B.S. students will complete a minor in one of the sciences.
NOTE: Not all WCU minors may be used for the Liberal Studies program. Please contact an advisor for a list of accepted minors.
BS in Professional Studies requires two minors. Please meet with an advisor to review accepted minors.
* A math course higher than MAT 103 is required for both degree tracks, but MAT 101 MAY be accepted for Professional Studies.


B.S. in Liberal Studies, Professional Studies
B.A. in Liberal Studies, Arts & Humanities
B.S. in Liberal Studies, Science & Mathematics

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