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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Philosophy program at Western Carolina University prepares students to think through challenging ethical questions and decisions, to reason logically, to create sound arguments, and to communicate clearly in speech and writing.
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Key facts:

  • As a student in the Philosophy Program at the Western Carolina University, 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.
  • The insights and skills students gain help them succeed as lawyers, doctors, theologians, counselors, politicians, scientists, directors, teachers, artists and many other professions. Setting WCU’s philosophy degree apart is the opportunity to concentrate studies in philosophy or religion, a focus on ethical and social / political issues, and a structure that supports completing a second major in another discipline. Recent graduates also majored in biology, English, psychology, hospitality and tourism management, international studies, Spanish, communication, history, music, criminal justice, anthropology, sociology, environmental health, political science and even special studies in Japanese.
  • Students complete core courses centered on the foundations of philosophical and religious traditions, and then concentrate their studies in philosophy or religion. In advanced courses, students may analyze moral issues in areas from animal rights to genetic engineering, or examine proofs for the existence of God, immortality and the problem of evil. Faculty members enjoy talking about ideas with students in and out of class, and conversations continue in the department lounge where students often hang out. 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.
  • Western Carolina University philosophy graduates have been accepted at top-flight graduate and professional schools, including the University of Georgia, Villanova, 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, a personal banker at Bank of America, an IT specialist, a professional journalist, an emergency medical technician, among a host of other professions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Philosophy curriculum include:

  • Western Philosophical Traditions
  • Western Moral Traditions 
  • Legal, Scientific, & Critical Reasoning
  • Self, Society, & the Good Life 
  • Ancient Greek Thought
  • Early Modern Philosophy from Copernicus to Kant
  • Philosophy of Sex and Love 
  • From Existentialism to Feminism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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