Defining America

For the past eight years, WCU has selected an interdisciplinary theme for campus conversations, curricular and co-curricular connections, and enrichment. The primary focus is to educate and to offer a holistic look at something through multiple lenses. Join us this year as we explore people, place, and things that define America.

Campus Theme


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Campus themes constitute one example of a high impact practice that provides students with common and collaborative educational experiences, opportunities to connect curricular and co-curricular learning, and explorations of disciplines through a common framework. 
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One Book


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The mission of the One Book program is to engage first-year students, as well as the campus community, in a common intellectual experience that promotes critical thinking and interdisciplinary conversation. This years' One Book is: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.
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Programs and Events


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Signature campus events throughout the academic year will highlight the campus theme, Defining America. Events include documentaries, civil discourse speakers, poetry readings, cultural trips and more. Explore the events on campus as we spend the year "Defining America"
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