The business administration and law degree program offered through Western Carolina University’s College of Business is unique to the University of North Carolina system, and now the bachelor’s degree program is being offered online.
One of only a few of its kind in the nation, WCU’s program is designed to provide students with insights into the interrelationship between law and business as well as foundational business knowledge.
Students will get a handle on the practical application of law in everyday business transactions and management. With an emphasis on analytical thinking and writing, the program is well-suited to the online environment, said Lorrie Willey, program director and assistant professor of business law.
“All business operations are governed by law, and our degree program provides a solid grounding in legal theory as it interrelates to all business activities from starting a business to protecting business assets,” Willey said. “Legal knowledge will prove beneficial in any work environment.”
Admission to the online program is a two-step process. Applicants must be admitted to the university before applications and transcripts can be reviewed for admission into the business administration and law program. To be accepted, applicants must have completed an associate degree at the community college level or the North Carolina community college 44-hour general education core, or must have made substantial progress toward completion of WCU liberal studies courses. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the program.
WCU’s program requires 120 semester hours of liberal studies, the business core, major courses and electives. Application deadlines are: spring semester, Oct. 1; summer semester, March 1; and fall semester, March 1. Applicants will be accepted after those dates until the program reaches capacity.
Graduates in the program work in a wide variety of business fields, from banking to mediation. The degree provides unique insights into organization risk avoidance and legal compliance efforts and the ability to work to address those concerns, said Janet Ford, program co-director and assistant professor of business law. “All businesses are concerned with legal compliance and legal risk avoidance,” she said.
WCU’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.