Academics That Engage and Connect

Take your interests in any direction. You can choose from 34 academic programs; 24 minors; and concentrations in everything from applied geospatial technology to pre-Peace Corps, international and non-governmental service. We also have the nation’s number one low-residency MFA program in writing. Plus an integrative studies option that lets you design your own major—you can take your interests in any direction you want. Faculty often create interdisciplinary experiences for students; recently, a history professor, a writing professor, and an environmental studies professor taught a series of interrelated courses called “Appalachian Semester.”

With nearly 900 students and an average class size of 14, professors know not just your name, but your passion. And these are professors from the nation’s top graduate programs—Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill and Yale. Our student to teacher ratio is 10:1, providing students with an ideal environment to participate, collaborate and contribute.


Warren Wilson students are engaged in an impressive array of scholarly activities in the classroom, laboratory and field. For example, our Anthropology and Sociology majors have assisted with archaeological work at the first European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States. Our Biology majors have helped identify new species of microscopic tardigrades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our Global Studies majors have mapped parts of Panama that previously had not been identified on maps. All students have the opportunity to complete independent “capstone” research projects and present their work to the faculty and their peers. Warren Wilson students are contributing to the body of knowledge in various disciplines – even as undergraduates.

Honors programs through the Biology, Chemistry, English and Environmental Studies Departments set high academic standards and offer specialized learning and research opportunities for students of unusual ability and interest. In the last ten years, our students have received more grants and awards from the North Carolina Academy of Science than students from any other college or university in the state.

With study-abroad opportunities ranging from a year to a few weeks, you’ll have plenty of ways to see the world and broaden your experience. Our students have spent semesters and full years studying in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. We also offer plenty of short-term study abroad courses. Faculty have led trips to Cuba, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Costa Rica and Turkey. With that kind of flexibility, and the financial support we provide, it’s no wonder 60% of our students study abroad at least once during their time here.

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