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.  Our department welcomes active and discharged service members; for more information visit the WCU Military Student Services page.

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 Majors

Chancellor's List

  • Melissa Dawn Bradley
  • Cameron Brannock
  • Kevin David Bryson
  • Walker Hoyte Dorsett
  • Kathryn Marie Hopkins
  • Kaleb Bryant Kidwell
  • James Daniel McHarge Jr.
  • Lia Plankenhorn
  • Breana H Steele
  • Michael Kent Thames
  • Tiffany Elizabeth Von Vitzthume

PAR Majors

Dean's List

  • Anthony Ray Collins Jr.
  • Michaela Wray Howell
  • Esther Ransom Meeks
  • James A Tucker
  • Kaitlyn Wright

 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

The Honors College

Philosophy and Religion and the Honors College co-sponsor Jerry Jackson Lectures in the Humanities several times a year.

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