Welcome to Philosophy

"The Philosophy Department at UNC Asheville is truly a class act, one that I would recommend to any aspiring young philosopher. The lessons that I have learned progressing through the curriculum have changed my life for the better and have made me a better person."  John Sgalio '98


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The Major

For those seeking a career in philosophy, teaching at the university level is an attractive but highly competitive option. There is also an emerging demand for experts in applied ethics, especially in the areas of medical ethics, business ethics and environmental ethics. If you plan to go to seminary, the Philosophy major is an excellent choice. This major also can build a solid foundation for law school, since the skills it takes to prepare good briefs and successfully argue cases are similar to the skills developed in Philosophy courses.

Double Majors

Philosophy combines well with a variety of disciplines, including Political Science, Psychology, Literature, Physics and Classics. Clarity of analysis, cogency of reasoning and development of valid generalizations will enhance your study of other majors such as Management or Economics, which aim towards a specific career. 

Religious Studies

Besides offering a minor in Philosophy, the department in conjunction with other departments offer a minor in Religious Studies. The Religious Studies minor is design to help students understand religion and world religious traditions by exploring them in an intellectually disciplined and rigorous way.


Our full-time faculty members contribute many specialties to the Philosophy curriculum, including history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, philosophical psychology, metaphysics, medical ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, Indian philosophy, contemporary philosophy and feminist philosophy. The Philosophy Department’s service activities include sponsoring an annual conference called UNC Asheville Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. The conference, which invites the public, features different topics from students and guest speakers, facilitated by UNC Asheville faculty experts.