At Western Carolina University, we believe the college experience should be an experience
enriched by collaboration, by service, by research, by involvement in the community,
by internships and externships, by study abroad, and much more. We invest in ensuring
that each student earns exposure beyond the classroom to experiences that influence
their growth and success. This Academic Enrichment is facilitated through the Office
for Undergraduate Studies, which was established in 2007 and is committed to:
- Fostering an integrated, seamless, and holistic undergraduate experience that promotes
educational excellence distinguished by collaboration between faculty, students, and
staff in academic and co-curricular initiatives;
- Promoting civic responsibility, fostering social and personal development, and advancing
intellectual curiosity; and
- Facilitating the development of education/career objectives in students.
Anchors of Enrichment
The Honors College
Western Carolina’s Honors College was the first in the University of North Carolina
system. It’s motto -- Ad Vitam Paramus -- translates to “preparation for life” and reflects the Honors College mission to
help over 1,400 high-achieving students get more out of their education through Honors
courses and special academic, leadership, and social opportunities.
Career and Professional Development
The Center for Career and Professional Development holds multiple career fairs, coordinates
internships, provides career counseling and more.
WCU’s Center for Career and Professional Development works to support students in
the identification and integration of career and academic goals with real-world experiences.
It facilities on- and off-campus work opportunities, internships and more and assists
students in the articulation of professional competencies to succeed in post-graduate
The WCU Center for Service Learning strengthens the relationship between the campus
and the wider community. We help students, faculty, and staff find opportunities to
volunteer and to do service learning, and we connect community groups with university
members who can help them.
The Office of International Programs works with students from around the globe and
coordinates Study and Service Abroad.
The Office of International Programs facilitates Study Abroad programs as well as
opportunities for international outreach and service. In addition, the office works
with international students interested in attending Western Carolina and offers and
Intensive English Program for students who need to learn English before admission
to the university.
Each undergraduate student is required to complete 42 semester hours in Liberal Studies
designed to help each students attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of an educated
person, including the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, identify
and solve problems reflectively, use information and technology responsibly, develop
an appreciation for the creative and performing arts, and, form a basis for continued personal
development and lifelong learning.