13-14 College Catalog

Quick Links:
Undergraduate Admission
Programs of Study
Work Program
Service Program
Study Abroad Program
Accreditation and Memberships
Jump to past catalogs:
09-10 | 10-11 | 11-12 | 12-13 | 13-14

Download a Print Version of this page:
Rich-Text File Download

Table of Contents: 2013-2014 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Memberships 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 College Profile 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Refund Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Special Facilities 1.09 Resources and Educational Opportunities 1.10 PEW Learning Center and Ellison Library 2.1 Work Program 2.2 Service Program 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 2.4 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Art 3.2.02 Biology 3.2.03 Business 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Sustainable Business 3.2.25 Theatre 3.2.26 Women's Studies 3.2.27 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 3.4 Specialized Advising Areas 3.4.1 Pre-Law Advising 3.4.2 Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Advising 3.4.3 Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Advising 3.4.4 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Language (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 Undergraduate Faculty 5.2.1 Library Faculty and Staff 5.2.2 Staff Teachers 5.3 Graduate Faculty and Staff 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships 7.1 Index of Sections


Benjamin J. Anderson
Director of Media Relations

Benjamin Anderson Address:
WWC CPO 6356
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000

Phone: 828.771.3758

Email: benjand@warren-wilson.edu

View Bio

Resources and Educational Opportunities

1.09.1 - Academic Advising

An Academic Advisor is a community member who guides students in making progress toward academic, life, and career goals. Each student has an advisor. Incoming students are assigned a first-year advisor or transfer adviser. Additionally, first-year students have a 'web of influence' that includes a first-year or transfer advisor, a first-year seminar instructor, a peer group leader, a work crew supervisor, and student life staff. These individuals each have a role in supporting, encouraging, and guiding the student. When a student declares a major, the student chooses an advisor within that field of study.

During separate advising sessions, advisers assist the students' transition into the Warren Wilson College academic or major/discipline culture, guide students in the planning of their studies and in their development as a whole person, facilitate successful attainment of students' academic, life, and career goals, and reinforce students' understanding of the value of a liberal arts education. Through this advisee-advisor relationship, students grow in their understanding of their interests and abilities, as well as the academic, work, and service responsibilities and opportunities at Warren Wilson College.

Students should take advantage of the opportunity afforded them through their relationship with their academic advisor. This faculty member is uniquely poised to be a student's advocate, guide, and referral agent. Each student is responsible for knowing and acting in accordance with college policies. Each student is individually responsible for monitoring his or her own progress toward satisfying the requirements for graduation established by the College in general and by the major department. An academic advisor can help students meet these responsibilities.

1.09.2 - Career Services

Career Services works with students and alumni who are preparing for the next steps on life's journey. It helps students and alumni as they navigate transitions in their quest for meaningful work and service. Career Services helps students to see how knowledge, skills, and experience gained through the Triad can transfer to work and service opportunities beyond graduation. Career Services collaborates with faculty members, work crew supervisors, and alumni, as well as external organizations, to connect people, ideas, opportunities, and experiences.

Career Services strives to help students as they

  1. discern and develop their gifts, skills, and interests,
  2. wrestle with tough choices about work and career,
  3. identify and research opportunities that fit their preferences,
  4. pursue internships or service opportunities in the US and abroad,
  5. consider options for graduate/professional school, prepare admission applications, and seek funding,
  6. prepare for the GRE and other graduate school entrance examinations,
  7. seek mentors in their areas of interest and a network of colleagues and contacts,
  8. prepare for graduation - for moving on to work, school, and service in the wider world,
  9. conduct a successful search for meaningful work, and
  10. connect with prospective employers and educational programs.

In addition, Career Services also

  1. assists alumni with job search and other career change issues and
  2. connects employers with students and alumni to show employers how the Triad gives Warren Wilson graduates experience that makes them valuable employees.

Among the services and resources provided are

  1. one-on-one career advising,
  2. self-assessment tools,
  3. a resource library,
  4. assistance in writing resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and other professional correspondence,
  5. OWLink (http://warren-wilson-csm.symplicity.com), a robust, searchable database of employment, internship, educational, fellowship, and service opportunities, and
  6. connections with alumni and friends of the College through the Warren Wilson Career Network.

Career Services helps students to frame a vision for their lives and to pursue that vision. Students are helped to prepare to make a difference in the world - to make a good living and a good life.

1.09.3 - Minor in Global Studies: Appalachian Studies

The College's location in Appalachia provides an opportunity to offer a Global Studies Concentration in Appalachian Studies and a minor in Appalachian Studies. In addition to encouraging appreciation of Appalachian culture and facilitating intercultural awareness, the program can be useful to students preparing for a range of professional careers. For more information, consult Global Studies, Appalachian Studies Concentration (section

1.09.4 - Asheville Area Education Consortium

Degree-seeking students enrolled at Warren Wilson College may enroll for credit in courses offered at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville through the Asheville Area Educational Consortium. Credit hours will be awarded by Warren Wilson College. Students interested in participating should contact the Registrar for approval and for registration information.

Participation guidelines:

  1. The consortium is open to full-time, degree-seeking students who have completed at least one semester at Warren Wilson College.
  2. Students may not normally cross-register for courses currently available at Warren Wilson College.
  3. Spaces in courses are made available to students who wish to cross-register only after all students at the host campus have registered. Permission of the instructor does not guarantee registration for a course.
  4. Warren Wilson College tuition will be charged.

1.09.5 - International Programs Office: Study Abroad Opportunities

Warren Wilson College's International Programs Office offers many options and highly encourages every qualified student to study abroad. Although international study is not required for graduation except in select majors, typically most students completing degrees at Warren Wilson College each year have taken advantage of our financially-supported study abroad opportunities to develop their awareness and understanding of cultural and international issues. International Program qualification is based on credit hours, residency, good standing, compliance with program rules and procedures, and participation in pre-departure class meetings and orientation sessions. A full-time, regular student who has acquired 60 credit hours from Warren Wilson College and has met residency and other conditions may take full advantage of the program and begin formal application for the program in a prescribed manner.

The International Programs Office offers stated study abroad options and identifies specific sites as part of the program. These options and sites may change from year to year. Although all College study abroad program options are supported in part through college funding, application and program fees are also required for all options. These fees vary depending on such variables as the distance of the international location, the time to be spent in the field, and the special needs of particular programs. Students who have transferred to Warren Wilson College should inquire about their status regarding funding and the associated fees for enrolling in the program.

Semester or Year Abroad: The College offers numerous education abroad and cross-cultural opportunities through partner institutions and collaborative partnerships. Through these connections, students may elect to spend a semester in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University; in South Korea at Hannam University; in Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster or the Queen's University of Belfast; in China at Liaocheng University; in Thailand at Payap University; in France at the Universite Catholique de l'Ouest; in Mexico at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla; and in Spain, India, Germany, Argentina, Botswana, and elsewhere through our collaborative partnerships. Selection for placement in these programs may be competitive, and in some cases a certain level of foreign language competence is required. Full academic credit is available for work completed through exchanges and partnership institutions.

To participate in any of these programs, students must apply, meet all International Program requirements, and must have their proposed studies approved in advance by their academic advisors. (For further details, contact the International Programs Office.)

Short-term Courses: Several short-term, cross-cultural/international courses in various academic disciplines are offered each year. This option combines on-campus study with two to three weeks of group travel during the summer or winter break directly following the academic term. Students and instructors study on campus and then travel together for further experiential study and service in such places as Chile, Costa Rica, England, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Micronesia, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Nicaragua, or closer to home for a cross-cultural experience in the Florida Everglades, Alaska, or Mexico. Travel is not permitted without satisfactory performance in the on-campus study preceding departure.

Term-length courses are also periodically offered. Similar to short-term courses, term-length courses spend seven to nine weeks in the field following on-campus study, offering more depth in academic and cross-cultural immersion as well as service opportunities. Previous term-length courses have been offered in Guatemala, Mexico, Sri Lanka, India and Chile.

Other (external) program options: A student meeting International Program qualifications may choose to participate in another U.S.-accredited academic study abroad program administered by a different U.S. college or organization. Many excellent U.S. study abroad programs are offered in a wide range of disciplines and locations around the world. For example, several students have participated in programs offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Living Routes, or the School for International Training (SIT), which have special relationships with Warren Wilson College. To receive College support for an external study abroad option, students must plan carefully in advance with their academic advisors and obtain approval from the Registrar and the International Programs Office by specified deadlines during the semester prior to their planned period of study. Details are available from the International Programs Office.

1.09.6 - Honors Programs

Honors programs are offered through the Biology, Chemistry, English, and Environmental Studies Departments. The objectives of these programs are to set high academic standards to which all students can aspire, to encourage students to pursue scholarly research, and to provide incentives and recognition for students of unusual ability and interest. Students who complete all requirements for graduation with Honors will have this distinction included on their transcripts.

For the Honors Program in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies, see Honors Program Natural Sciences in section For the English Honors Program, see section

1.09.7 - Three-two Cooperative Program

Warren Wilson College has a cooperative program with Duke University to offer combined liberal arts and professional training. Through this program, students may spend three years at Warren Wilson College and two years at the university, earning the Bachelor of Arts degree from Warren Wilson College and a second, professional degree from Duke University. This program enables a student to obtain a liberal arts education with the advantages of Warren Wilson College's small classes and dedicated teachers, and also earn a professional degree from a large university.

The current cooperative program is the master's degree program in Environmental Management with Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. See section

1.09.8 - English Language Learners Opportunities

The College supports international students in English Language Learners (ELL) tutoring and classes throughout the regular school year. Warren Wilson students interested in teaching English Language Learners also can become involved as teaching tutors or in the College's English Language Learners classes and activities conducted during the regular academic year.