The College's location in Appalachia provides an opportunity to offer a Global Studies Concentration in Appalacian 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 188.8.131.52.1.3).
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.
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 course 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.
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.
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.
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.