Department of Philosophy

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

  1. Philosophy majors will be capable of reading both primary and secondary texts, analyzing the arguments contained in them correctly, and developing cogent philosophical arguments in defense of their own claims.
  2. Philosophy majors will demonstrate a willingness to entertain criticism, the ability to formulate and reply to reasoned objections, and the ability to present opposing views critically, yet sympathetically.
  3. Philosophy majors will demonstrate a broad understanding of key concepts, problems, ideas, and fundamental questions found in the core area of Logic.
  4. Philosophy majors will demonstrate a broad understanding of key concepts, problems, ideas, and fundamental questions found in the core area of Value Theory.
  5. Philosophy majors will demonstrate a broad understanding of key concepts, problems, ideas, and fundamental questions found in the core area of History of Philosophy.
  6. Philosophy majors will demonstrate a broad understanding of key concepts, problems, ideas, and fundamental questions found in the core areas of Metaphysics & Epistemology.

Degree Requirements

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 10011  3
ENGL 1158 or 11592 3  FORL 10021  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher 3  Social Sciences3 6
Science    Arts  
BIOS4 3  Arts Elective5 3
BIOS or Physical Science4 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Social Science 2000+ 6 FORL 2001/1001  3
Electives outside of major 3000+ 6 FORL 1002 (3)5
Electives 24-27 ENGL Literature  3
PHIL 1101 3 HIST Elective  3
    Total 51
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
PHIL 3030 3 PHIL 3000+ 15
PHIL Electives 14    
    Total 30
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
  1. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages.
  2. "C" or better required.
  3. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. From FA, MUS, theater or film/video-related FTA. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  6. A minimum of 33 credit hours of PHIL courses, including at least 15 in courses numbered above 3001, is required for the major in philosophy. Not more than six hours of 1000-level courses will be allowed to count toward this 33-hour total.
  7. Majors are required to take PHIL 3030 during their senior year.
  8. Majors are also required to complete the following courses in the core areas of philosophy: PHIL 1101 (logic), PHIL 2201 (ethic), PHIL 2311 & 2312 (history of philosophy), and at least one course whose second digit is a 4 (metaphysics/epistemology).
  9. In unusual circumstances, one or more of these requirements may be waived. A student seeking such an exemption should petition the department.
  10. Philosophy majors should, in consultation with the departmental academic advisor, plan a well-balanced and coherent program of study tailored to their particular needs and interests.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
FORL 1001  3  FORL 1002  3
MATH 1031, 1115, or higher  3  MATH 1032, 1116, or higher  3
PHIL Elective  3  PHIL Elective  3
Social Science  3  Social Science  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Literature   3  Literature  3
FORL 2001  3  Arts  3
Social Science 2000+  3  Social Science 2000+  3
BIOS 1053  3  PHIL Elective  3
PHIL Elective  3  BIOS or Physical Science  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PHIL Elective  2  PHIL 3000+  3
PHIL 3000+  3  Non-PHIL 3000+  3
Physical Science  3  Electives  9
Non-PHIL 3000+  3    
Elective  4    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PHIL 3000+  3  PHIL 3000+  3
PHIL 3000+  3  PHIL 3030  1
Elective  9  Elective  11
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Pre-Law Concentration

General Education Requirements

Course Name#

Credit Hours

 Course Name #

Credit Hours

English

 

 Humanities

 

ENGL 1157

3

 FORL 10011

 3

ENGL 1158 or 11592

3

 FORL 10021

 3

Mathematics

 

 ENGL Literature

 3

MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher

3

 Social Sciences

 

MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher

3

 Social Sciences3

 6

Science

 

 Arts

 

BIOS4

3

 Arts Elective5

 3

BIOS or Physical Science4

6

 

 

 

 

Total

39

Other Requirements

Course Name/ #

Credit Hours

 Course Name/#

 Credit Hours

POLI 2151

3

 FORL 2001/1001

 3

POLI 2200

3

 FORL 1002

(3)5

POLI 4410, 4420, 4440, 4640, or 4860

3

 ENGL Literature

 3

Electives outside of major 3000+

3

 Electives

 24-27

PHIL 1101

3

HIST Elective

3

 

 

Total

51

Course Requirements for Major

Course Name/ #

Credit Hours

 Course Name/#

 Credit Hours

PHIL 2311

 3

PHIL 2201

 3

PHIL 2215 or 2207

 3

PHIL 2312

 3

PHIL Electives 3000+

 11

PHIL 3030

 1

Two from PHIL 30947, 30957, 3101, 4200, 4201, 4205, 4215

     

 

 

Total

30

Other Requirements (Pre-Law Concentration)

Course Name/ #

Credit Hours

 Course Name/#

 Credit Hours

PHIL 2207 or 2215

 3

Two courses from: PHIL 309412, 309512, 3101, 4200, 4201, 4205, or 4215

 6

 

 

Total

9

Total Credit Hours Required

Credit Hours

 

 

 

120

  1. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages.
  2. "C" or better required
  3. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. From FA, MUS, theater or film/video-related FTA. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  6.  PHIL 3001 will be substituted when appropriate but only 1 credit hour may be applied toward the required 33 credit hours in PHIL courses.
  7.  No more than two 1000-level courses may count among the required 30 PHIL credit hours and each student must complete at least one course in Metaphysics/Epistemology (‘-4--‘).
  8. PHIL 3094: Directed Readings in Philosophy and/or PHIL 3095: Special Topics in Philosophy may be taken by department permission to satisfy this requirement when the topic of PHIL 3094 or PHIL 3095 is connected with legal philosophy, social philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, logic, or some other topic determined by the department to be relevant to this concentration.
  9. No more than two 1000-level courses may count among the required 33 credit hours in PHIL courses and each student must complete at least one course in Metaphysics/Epistemology (any PHIL course whose second digit is a “4”)li>
  10. In unusual circumstances, one or more of these requirements may be waived. A student seeking such an exemption should petition the department.
  11. Philosophy majors should, in consultation with the departmental academic advisor, plan a well-balanced and coherent program of study tailored to their particular needs and interests.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Pre-Law Concentration

Four Year Plan of Study

First Year of Enrollment 

First Term

 Second Term

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

ENGL 1157

 3

 ENGL 1158 or 1159

 3

FORL 1001

 3

 FORL 1002

 3

MATH 1031, 1115, or higher

 3

 MATH 1032, 1116, or higher

 3

PHIL 1101

 3

 PHIL 2201

 3

Social Science

 3

 Social Science

 3

UNIV 10011

 1

 

 

Total Hours

 16

Total Hours

15

Second Year of Enrollment

First Term

 Second Term

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

Literature

 3

Literature

 3

FORL 2001

 3

Arts

 3

POLI 2051

 3

POLI 2200

 3

BIOS 1053

 3

PHIL 2312

 3

PHIL 2311

 3

BIOS or Physical Science

 3

Total Hours

 15

Total Hours

15

Third Year of Enrollment

First Term

 Second Term

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

PHIL 2207 or 2215

 3

PHIL 3094, 3095, 3101, 4200, 4201, 4205, or 4215

 3

PHIL 3000+

 3

 PHIL 3000+

 3

Physical Science

 3

 Non-PHIL 3000+

 3

POLI 4410, 4420, 4440, 4640, or 4860

 3

 Elective

 6

Elective

 3

 

 

Total Hours

 15

Total Hours

15

Fourth Year of Enrollment

First Term

Second Term

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

Course Prefix & Number

Credit Hours

PHIL 3094, 3095, 3101, 4200, 4201, 4205, or 4215

 3

 PHIL 3000+

 3

PHIL 3000+

 3

 PHIL 3030

1

Elective

9

Elective

11

Total Hours

 15

Total Hours

15

Total Degree Hours

120

  1.  Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in Philosophy

A minimum of 18 credit hours of Philosophy, with a grade-point average of at least 2.0, is required for a Minor in Philosophy. At least 50% of the hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above; another six hours must be in courses numbered 2000 or above. Minors in philosophy are also required to complete at least one course in each of three of the four central areas of philosophy, as defined in the requirements for majors.

Honors in Philosophy

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance.  The grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. Philosophy majors are eligible to enter the department's honors program during the senior year. To graduate with honors, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in philosophy courses, a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50, and acceptable completion of a senior honors thesis (including six hours of credit for Philosophy 3001).

Students must arrange for a faculty member in the department to direct the thesis. After completion, the thesis must be defended orally before a committee composed of the thesis director, another member of the department, and a representative of the University Honors Program.