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Below you’ll find major and minor requirements, and other resources to help you succeed in the Department of Philosophy.

Major Requirements

Philosophy majors following the 2012-13 or later Undergraduate Catalogs must fulfill six requirements:

  1. At least 30 hours of philosophy, with at least 24 hours in courses numbered 200 or above, and at least 12 hours in courses numbered 300 or above
  2. PHIL 400 Undergraduate seminar in philosophy
  3. At least one of these two courses in logic:
    • PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
    • PHIL 211 Introduction to Modern Logic
  4. At least one of these courses in the history of philosophy:
    • PHIL 231 History of Philosophy (Ancient)
    • PHIL 232 History of Philosophy (Modern)
    • PHIL 336 Ethics: Ancient and Medieval
    • PHIL 337 Knowledge: Ancient and Medieval
    • PHIL 338 Metaphysics: Ancient and Medieval
  5. At least one of these courses in value theory:
    • PHIL 320 Ethical Theory
    • PHIL 323 Topics in Applied Ethics
    • PHIL 325 Advanced Social and Political Philosophy
  6. At least one of these courses in metaphysics and epistemology:
    • PHIL 301 Theory of Knowledge
    • PHIL 302 Introduction to Metaphysics
    • PHIL 305 Introduction to Philosophy of Language
    • PHIL 314 Problems in the Philosophy of Mind
    • PHIL 317 Philosophy of Science

Minor Requirements

Philosophy minors following the 2012-13 or later Undergraduate Catalogs must fulfill two requirements:

  1. At least 15 hours of philosophy, with at least 12 hours in courses numbered 200 or above, and at least 6 hours in courses numbered 300 or above
  2. At least one course each from at least two of the following categories:
    • Logic
      • PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
      • PHIL 211 Introduction to Modern Logic
    • History of philosophy
      • PHIL 231 History of Philosophy (Ancient)
      • PHIL 232 History of Philosophy (Modern)
      • PHIL 336 Ethics: Ancient and Medieval
      • PHIL 337 Knowledge: Ancient and Medieval
      • PHIL 338 Metaphysics: Ancient and Medieval
    • Value theory
      • PHIL 320 Ethical Theory
      • PHIL 323 Topics in Applied Ethics
      • PHIL 325 Advanced Social and Political Philosophy
    • Metaphysics and epistemology
      • PHIL 301 Theory of Knowledge
      • PHIL 302 Introduction to Metaphysics
      • PHIL 305 Introduction to Philosophy of Language
      • PHIL 314 Problems in the Philosophy of Mind
      • PHIL 317 Philosophy of Science

For students following an Undergraduate Catalog from 1995-96 through 2011-12, the requirements for the major and minor are slightly different than our current requirements.

MAJOR/MINOR REQUIREMENTS FROM 2011-12 AND EARLIER

Please consult an Undergraduate Advisor if you enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before Fall 2012 and would like to discuss which Catalog will work best for you. For most students, the current requirements (2012-13 and later) allow more flexibility.

Your Advisor

Every semester the department puts out a booklet that describes the next semester's courses in more detail than the Undergraduate Catalog. If you would like one of these copies, come to the Philosophy office at 1010 Oldfather Hall. To select courses for the next semester, check the Undergraduate Course Guide and the Course Listing.

Undergraduate Advisors

Harry Ide
hide1@unl.edu
(402) 472-4389
1004 Oldfather Hall

Aaron Bronfman
bronfman@unl.edu
(402) 472-4392
1040 Oldfather Hall