Department of History and Philosophy

History Curriculum

Philosophy Curriculum

History

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in History

  1. History majors will demonstrate understanding of the history discipline by interpretation of primary source documents.
  2. History majors will exhibit the skills necessary for historical analysis via written and oral narrative.
  3. History majors will produce scholarly material by demonstrating the use of both primary and secondary sources.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in History

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 10015  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 10025  3
Mathematics    Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher 3  Social Sciences Elective8  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  Arts Elective2  3
BIOS or Physical Science3 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
Elective 18-21  ENGL Literature  3
PHIL Elective 3    
    Total 45
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
HIST 1001, 1002, 2501, 2502, 3002  15  HIST Electives, any level  6
History Electives (Upper Level)  15    
    Total 36
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS.
  4. Students can fulfill this requirement with courses from the subject areas listed as Liberal Arts Approved Electives, or by taking courses at the 3000+ level in social sciences or arts, thereby fulfilling two requirements at once. The application of a course to two requirements, however, does not reduce the total number of hours required for graduation.
  5. The nine hours of foreign language must be in the same language. Alternately, students may opt to take 12 hours in two foreign languages (six hours in each of two languages.) If the 12-hour option is chosen, students may reduce approved electives by three hours. Advanced courses in foreign language are recommended for students anticipating graduate study.
  6. At least six hours of history electives must be from history courses with a geographical focus other than the United States.

LITERATURE:
Six hours in literature courses from ENGL or Foreign Languages. Note: Writing or linguistics courses will not count toward the degree. Check prerequisites with these departments before choosing courses.

MATHEMATICS: Six hours above the remedial level (no credit for 1021 or 1022). Placement in MATH courses by ACT score. Credit will be awarded for 1115, 1125, and/or 1126 courses for those who pass higher level courses in the sequence with a C or better.

SCIENCE: Nine hours in two sciences (choose from BIOS, EES, CHEM, or PHYS): six hours in one science, plus three hours in another science. Three of the required hours must be in biology (BIOS 1053 and BIOS 1063, the non-major biology courses, are recommended).

ARTS: Three hours of arts courses from FA, MUS, or FTCA.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: There are two paths to satisfying the language requirement: either successful completion of a three-semester sequence in a single foreign language (9 hrs.), or two semesters each in two different foreign languages (12 hrs.). Students with prior knowledge of a language may take a placement test to place into the second, third, or fourth semesters. Bypass credit will be awarded for all skipped courses if the student earns a C or better in the advanced courses.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: Twelve hours in ANTH, ECON, EDUC, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, URBN, WS. Six hours of credit at any level, plus six hours of credit at the 2000+ level. Students must take courses in at least two different subject areas.

HISTORY: HIST 1001, 1002, 2501, 2502, and 3002 plus 15 hours of elective 3000-4000 level HIST courses, and six hours of elective HIST courses at any level. Elective hours must be organized as follows: nine hours in a field of concentration (US, European, or Non-Western History) and six hours outside the concentration (including 3 hours of Non-Western History).

PHILOSOPHY: 3 hours of PHIL at any level.

ELECTIVES: Thirty (30) or 33 hours of electives. Students may take no more than 9 hours of “non-approved” electives, including a maximum of 3 hours of EDPE and EDHS (See College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development catalog for a list of approved electives).

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in History

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
Arts  3  HIST (any level)  3
MATH 1031, 1115, or higher  3  MATH 1032, 1116, or higher  3
HIST 1001  3  HIST 1002  3
Social Science  3  BIOS 1053 or 1063  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 1001  3  HIST 3000+  3
Social Science  3  FORL 1002  3
BIOS/Physical Science  3  HIST 2502  3
HIST 2501  3  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
HIST 3002  3  HIST any level  3
FORL 2001  3  Non - HIST 3000+  3
HIST 3000+  3  Social Science 2000+  3
Electives  6  Electives  6
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
HIST 3000+  3  HIST 3000+  3
Non- HIST 3000+  3  HIST 3000+  3
Social Science 2000+  3  Electives  5
Electives  6  PHIL Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in History

To achieve a Minor in History the student must complete 18 hours credit in history with a 2.0 average. At least 50% of the credit hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. Students should consult with a history advisor in planning a minor.

Honors in History

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance.  The cumulative grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. History majors who wish to graduate with honors must meet the following requirements:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in all history courses taken, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.50
  2. Successful completion, with an oral defense, of a Senior Honors thesis, which includes earning six hours of credit for History 3999 (Senior Honors Thesis). No more than three hours of credit in History 3999 may be included in the minimum 36 hours of history required for the major.

Successful completion of the above requirements will carry the designation With Honors in History on the student's diploma.

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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.

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