Your teachers and your training will prepare you, the WCU philosophy major, for a fulfilling vocation. You’ll study answers to the following fundamental questions: Who are we? What is ethical? What did they think then? What do they believe now? You may rethink your own answers.
If you enjoy watching movies, debating issues, reading ancient texts, and critiquing new theories, check out the philosophy and religion curriculum. Your faculty instructors will illuminate the world of ancient and modern ideas and ideals and offer stimulating courses on important topics in pursuit of serious academic research.
Meetings with your adviser will clarify which degree path will best fit your interests and plans: B.A., philosophy concentration, B.A., religion concentration, or a minor in philosophy or religion.
You’ll also find an abundance of events and special opportunities such as clubs, publications, conferences, seminars, and visiting scholars available to you.
Courses with field trips include PAR 295, Sophomore Seminar. Here's a group at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville for a 2012 performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
What is right? What is good? What is just? Come study the questions and the answers that matter.
Read about the WCU campus panel with North Carolina's Women Supreme Court Justices in The Western Carolina Journalist. The link includes video clips and photos from the event.
PAR at NCUR
Congratulations to all Philosophy and Religion Majors who had abstracts accepted to the NCUR (National Conference for Undergraduate Research)!
- Melissa Bradley, "Levinas, Feminism, and Maternity"
- Justin Burnette, "A Sartrean Interpretation of The Matrix"
- Katy Hopins, "Non-Problems: Wittgenstein and Feminist Philosophical Theory"
- Michael Thames (1), "Luther and Melanchthon: The Mutual Dependence of Faith and Reason"
- Michael Thames (2), "Wendell Berry: The Art of Belonging"
- Tiffany Von Vitzthume, "Misconceptions Concerning Descarters' Method in Meditations I"
PAR majors also had abstracts accepted in other fields:
- Nathan Parr, "The Knight's Mirror: Moral Redemption in the Wife of Bath's Tale" (Literature)
- Kaitlyn Wright, "From One King to Another: The Influence of King Alfred on Later Anglo-Saxon Kings"
PAR Student Field Trip to Washington, D.C.
Travel and make a difference: PAR CAREs (seven students participated in the annual conference of the international humanitarian organization CARE, the "Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere.") Here's the story.
Cool Things to do with your Philosophy Degree
- Follow in Baratunde Thurston’s footsteps and become an editor at The Onion.
Read the Harvard Magazine article
- Sit down and write a memoir about serving in the United States Air Force -- like
Go to the Damaged Goods link