Philosophy and Religion
Philosophy and Religion Department

Philosophy and Religion signageYour 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.

PAR 295 students in Asheville for Macbeth play

What is right? What is good? What is just? Come study the questions and the answers that matter.


PAR Undergrad Expo 2014 (March 25 & 26)

Tuesday, March 25, ST 225 Conf Rm

1:30 – 2 Amanda Mitchell, "Is Religion a Natural Phenomenon?"

2 – 2:30 Melissa Bradley, "Is Justice the Right Thing To Do?"

2:30 – 3 Allen Sewell, "Jean Paul Sartre: Insufficient Potentiality"

3 – 3:30 Luke Kohrman, "Primum, Minima de Malis"

3:30 – 4 Esther Meeks, "The One Ring and The Republic"

4 – 4:30 Walker Dorsett, "Implications on Selfhood in Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue"

4:30 – 5 Virginia Cohen, "Evidence and Belief: Exploring the Relationship between Scientific and Religious Perspectives"

5 – 5:30 Cassie Ebert, "Free Slave"

Wednesday, March 26, FPAC/BAC 223, 6PM

Mandy Long will present "Diamond and Guantanamo Bay" to Christopher Hoyt's evening class.



PAR NCUR 2014 (April 3-5)

Congratulations to these Philosophy and Religion students; presenters at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research:

Philosophy & Ethics

Melissa Bradley "Michael Sandel and Theories of Justice"

Walker Dorsett "Implications On Selfhood In Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue"

Mandy Long "Cora Diamond and Guantanamo Bay"

Allen Sewell "Jean-Paul Sartre: Insufficient Potentiality"

Tiffany VonVitzthume "Harmony and Justice from Within: The Good Life"

Religious Studies

Virginia Cohen "Connecting the Influences of Scientific Theories and Religious Beliefs"

Mackenzie Moody "Onions, Batkid and Jesus: Living Dostoevsky's 'Good Life'"

Michael Thames "Evils Mockery: Morality and Marring In the Mind of Tolkien"

Daryl Hale featured

The Western Carolinian features our very own faculty member Daryl Hale (July 2013).  Ever wonder what he did Before He Was An Educator?


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 Rebecca Pace.
Go to the Damaged Goods link


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