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 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.
Explore the Theme
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.
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
After a campuswide poll last fall, the selected theme the 2018-19 academic year is “Defining America.” Since 2009, WCU has selected an interdisciplinary theme for campus conversations, curricular and co-curricular connections, and enrichment.Read More
A reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, to mark the opening of the "Defining America" exhibition at Western Carolina University's Fine Art Museum. The event will include a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m., followed by refreshments.Read More