Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

The University

Welcome to Western Kentucky University (WKU), home of the Hilltoppers. Our hilltop campus is a place of beauty and friendliness. It embraces a proud heritage and a bold, ambitious future. WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city with a population of more than 60,000 approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville. As a distinctive landmark on a hill overlooking the city, the WKU campus commands an impressive view of the Barren River Valley and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Visit http://wku.edu/tour for a virtual campus tour. In addition to main campus, WKU has locations at South Campus, the Center for Research and Development, the Medical Center at Bowling Green, and the University Farm. Outside of Bowling Green, there are Regional Campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown-Fort Knox.

WKU’s undergraduate division provides four-year programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees. One ninety-eight (98) academic majors that lead to the baccalaureate degree and seventy-five (75) academic minors are available. A number of professional and pre-professional advising tracks provide additional options.  

Five (5) associate degree programs are offered leading to the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, Associate of Science in Nursing and Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies degree. Thirty-three (33) undergraduate certificate programs are also offered.

The Graduate School at WKU offers graduate education in eighty-nine (89) degree and certificate programs. The University confers the Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Health Administration, Master of Music, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Social Work, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Psychology. WKU also offers non-degree Rank I and II and certification-only teacher education programs.