The Department of Philosophy

The Warren Wilson College Philosophy Department has designed the Bachelor of Arts major to accommodate a wide range of philosophical interests, with an especially strong offering of courses on modern through contemporary thought in the Western tradition. Our aim is to give our majors the tools for a well-examined life, and prepare them for graduate studies if they choose that path.

Philosophy majors will receive a solid background in the Western philosophical tradition, and be able to choose elective courses such as Existentialism & Phenomenology, Contemporary Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Art and Politics, Philosophy of Technology, etc. In addition, our faculty often teach special topics courses based on students’ interests and the faculty member’s expertise.

It possible for students to double major. A degree in Philosophy or the combination of selected philosophy courses with other majors can provide opportunities for students with a wide range of interests and goals. A minor in Philosophy is also offered.

Students have found their philosophy backgrounds useful for graduate studies in Comparative Literature, English, Political Science, and Law.


Sally Fischer, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
Jay Miller, Ph.D.

Special Opportunities

We encourage our students to take advantage of the many excellent short-term study abroad courses here at Warren Wilson. Students have traveled to Greece in support of courses like Truth and Goodness in Ancient Greek Philosophy. Future opportunities include a plan for a short-term study abroad course to Germany.