As a student in the Philosophy and Religion Department, 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. 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.
The philosophy and religion department brings you excellent teachers and engaging subject matter. As part of WCU's Philosophy and Religion Club, students watch and discuss movies and issues, and meet and talk with visiting scholars. Students attend conferences, conduct research and write for "The Gadfly," a student publication that uses satire and irony to point out social, political and economic problems.
According to a recent study:
WCU Philosophy graduates have been accepted at top-flight graduate and professional schools, including the University of Georgia, Villanova, UConn, Marquette, Emory, and Kansas; Rutgers, Case Western Reserve, and Duke University Law Schools; and seminaries from Vanderbilt to Liberty to Lutheran Theological Southern. They’ve also worked as a building contractor, a counselor, a community service director, a legislative aide for a NC state representative, a middle school math and science teacher, an IT specialist, a professional journalist, among a host of other professions.
Check out the American Philosophical Association (APA) career guides and resource booklets, available online.
Check out the American Philosophical Association (APA) Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy, available online.
As the following list shows, philosophy majors are ready for anything:
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Our faculty has a wide range of expertise, experience, interests and connections. They are writers, researchers, public speakers, administrators, and community leaders. But they are, first and foremost, teachers, and the small size of most philosophy and religion classes makes for exceptional interaction between teacher and student.
|Name||Phone and Office|
|John Whitmire, Department Headfirstname.lastname@example.org||828-227-2636
|Paul York (Fall 2017)||email@example.com|| 828-227-3939