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.

Majoring in Philosophy

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.

Curriculum Checksheet for a Philosophy Major

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.

Declaration of Major or Minor

Students can declare their major or minor online.