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If you are an undergraduate contemplating a major or minor in philosophy or searching for what your first philosophy class should be, we invite you to explore our web pages to see how the philosophy department can best serve you. You might look at our guide designed to help you select the philosophy courses that best meet your interests or check out the requirements for a Philosophy major or minor.


Graduate Admission: Reina Hayaki

Graduate Advisors: Mark van Roojen and
Jennifer McKitrick

Undergraduate Advisors: Harry Ide and
Aaron Bronfman

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln sent two teams to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Rocky Mountain Regional Competition at the University of Colorado in Boulder on November 2, 2013. In competition, teams present their resolution to an ethical dilemma before a panel of judges and an opposing team. One of UNL's teams went undefeated through all rounds and won the regional competition. This secured a slot for UNL at the national competition, which was held February 27 through March 2, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The teams went through three rounds and then the top eight teams advance to quarter finals. In the first round we faced University of California Santa Cruz and won the round. The second round we faced Whitworth University and Whitworth won the round. The next round we faced Oklahoma Christian University and we won that round. The advancement to quarter finals is based first on wins, and then the tie breaker is brute scores. We did not advance but Whitworth and Oklahoma Christian University did advance.  "The students did a fantastic job and I was very proud of their performance and professionalism. I received compliments all day long from judges and coaches," Clare LaFrance said. 

The team was organized and coached by Clare LaFrance, a graduate student in the philosophy department at UNL and the Ethics Center Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs. The Assistant Director for Graduate Programs is Adam Thompson.  The team was also coached by Allison Fritz, a graduate student in the philosophy department at UNL.  Aaron Bronfman is the Faculty Adviser in the philosophy department.

For more information about the Ethics Bowl: Ethics Bowl

For more information about the UNL Ethics Center: UNL Ethics Center