Graduates earn 2,790 degrees, certificates from Western Carolina University


About 20.8 percent of the 2,790 degrees and certificates handed out by Western Carolina University in 2017-18 were to students in business, management, marketing, and related support services programs, making them the most popular programs that year, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

The agency's National Center for Education Statistics shows the public institution in Cullowhee conferred 428 bachelor's degrees and 151 master's degrees in business, management, marketing, and related support services programs.

But the single most popular program was for a bachelor's degree in registered nursing/registered nurse. Data shows the school gave out 206 bachelor's degrees in registered nursing/registered nurse, followed by 153 bachelor's degrees in criminal justice/safety studies and 148 bachelor's degrees in general business administration and management.

The university enrolled 11,034 students for 2017-18, including 9,406 in undergraduate programs and 1,628 in graduate programs.

Degrees awarded for 2017-18
Program
Bachelor's degrees awarded
Graduate and professional degrees awarded
Certificates awarded
Total degrees and certificates awarded
Percent of total
Business Administration and Management, General
148
31
-
179
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
75
-
-
75
Marketing, Other
42
23
-
65
Accounting
32
26
-
58
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
-
39
-
39
Finance, General
39
-
-
39
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
34
-
-
34
Management Information Systems, General
34
-
-
34
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
-
32
-
32
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
24
-
-
24
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services total
428
151
-
579
20.8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
206
65
-
271
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
31
33
-
64
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
58
-
-
58
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
46
-
-
46
Physical Therapy/Therapist
-
33
-
33
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
-
26
-
26
Athletic Training/Trainer
26
-
-
26
Dietetics/Dietitian
19
-
-
19
Environmental Health
19
-
-
19
Nursing Practice
-
4
-
4
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
-
-
-
-
Health Professions and Related Programs total
405
161
-
566
20.3
Elementary Education and Teaching
55
-
-
55
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
54
-
-
54
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
-
36
17
53
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
-
36
-
36
Education, General
-
32
-
32
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
-
26
-
26
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
19
-
-
19
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
-
19
-
19
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
15
-
-
15
Special Education and Teaching, General
12
-
-
12
Music Teacher Education
11
-
-
11
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
8
-
-
8
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
-
7
-
7
Art Teacher Education
7
-
-
7
Social Studies Teacher Education
5
-
-
5
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
4
-
-
4
Mathematics Teacher Education
3
-
-
3
Spanish Language Teacher Education
-
-
-
-
Curriculum and Instruction
-
-
-
-
Education total
193
156
17
366
13.1
Social Work
70
40
-
110
Public Administration
44
19
-
63
Public Administration and Social Service Professions total
114
59
-
173
6.2
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
153
-
-
153
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services total
153
-
-
153
5.5
Engineering Technology, General
55
-
-
55
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
39
13
-
52
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
15
-
-
15
Industrial Technology/Technician
-
9
-
9
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields total
109
22
-
131
4.7
Psychology, General
97
19
-
116
School Psychology
-
-
5
5
Clinical Psychology
-
-
-
-
Psychology total
97
19
5
121
4.3
Fine/Studio Arts, General
25
7
-
32
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
21
-
-
21
Music Performance, General
21
-
-
21
Interior Design
15
-
-
15
Music, General
10
-
-
10
Art/Art Studies, General
9
-
-
9
Visual and Performing Arts total
101
7
-
108
3.9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
82
13
-
95
Biological And Biomedical Sciences total
82
13
-
95
3.4
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
34
16
-
50
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
31
-
-
31
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies total
65
16
-
81
2.9
Anthropology
28
-
-
28
Sociology
26
-
-
26
Political Science and Government, General
23
-
-
23
Social Sciences total
77
-
-
77
2.8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
49
-
-
49
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
17
-
-
17
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs total
66
-
-
66
2.4
Chemistry, General
19
6
-
25
Forensic Chemistry
20
-
-
20
Geology/Earth Science, General
10
-
-
10
Physical Sciences total
49
6
-
55
2
English Language and Literature, General
43
8
-
51
English Language and Literature/Letters total
43
8
-
51
1.8
History, General
32
3
-
35
History total
32
3
-
35
1.2
Natural Resources Management and Policy
18
-
-
18
Environmental Science
17
-
-
17
Land Use Planning and Management/Development
-
-
-
-
Natural Resources and Conservation total
35
-
-
35
1.2
Engineering, General
24
-
-
24
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
10
-
-
10
Engineering total
34
-
-
34
1.2
Spanish Language and Literature
17
-
-
17
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics total
17
-
-
17
0.6
Computer Science
12
-
-
12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services total
12
-
-
12
0.4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
11
-
-
11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities total
11
-
-
11
0.4
Mathematics, General
11
-
-
11
Mathematics and Statistics total
11
-
-
11
0.4
International/Global Studies
10
-
-
10
Science, Technology and Society
-
-
-
-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies total
10
-
-
10
0.4
Philosophy
3
-
-
3
Philosophy and Religious Studies total
3
-
-
3
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