Congratulations are in order, as Dr. Whitmire has been named the recipient of an esteemed UNC System teaching honor.
The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Dr. John Whitmire during WCU’s undergraduate commencement that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11! He will be the primary speaker for that ceremony, which will include graduating students from the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the College of Arts and Sciences. Read the full article here
Reading Their Philosophy and Religious Studies Papers
Students have read papers at WCU's Undergraduate Research Expo, NCUR (the National Conference on Undergraduate Research) and at Pacific University's Philosophy Conference.
Katie Riley read her paper at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2018.
Ali Russell also read a paper at NCUR 2018. Her paper was titled "A Beauvoirian Analysis for the Reform of Social Structures Via the Black Lives Matter Movement."
PAR students also presented papers at Pacific University's Philosophy Conference 2018.
Cody Lathe's was "The Human Endeavor in Sartre's Dialectical Ethics."
Mary Brown presented "Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz as Simone de Beauvoir's Feminist Hero."
While Marcus Tayloe read his paper “Immanuel Kant’s Moral Church.”
Studying Religions, Learning About Environment and Wilderness Issues
Field trips for classes in Buddhism, Hinduism and Environmental Ethics have included travel to the Buddhist Serenity Insight Meditation Center, Mount Soma Sri Somesvara Vedic Shiva Temple, and Kayford, WV.
Students on a Buddhism Class Field Trip to Serenity Insight Meditation Center in Asheville, NC. Students met with Bhante Ujotika Bhivamsa.
Hinduism Students also took a class field trip to Mount Soma Sri Somesvara Vedic Shiva Temple in Clyde, NC.
Recognition and Accomplishments: Earning Awards
Majors in Philosophy and Religion are eligible to receive annual awards: the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Scholar in Philosophy and Religion, and the departmental Michael P. Jones Award for the Outstanding Student in Philosophy and Religion. PAR Majors also have gotten WCU campus awards for being outstanding as an RA or Greek Life Organization President.
With our major you can graduate in four years even if you study abroad a year.
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 an 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:
To search for current open positions in the offices and departments at Western Carolina University, work-study eligible students go through the Financial Aid office. For campus employment that isn't work study, students go through the CCPD, Center for Career and Professional Development, campus employment page. Non-students can create an account at the WCU campus employment online application site: https://jobs.wcu.edu/ (Employment at WCU).
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.
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