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Double Major

Many students choose to combine the philosophy major with a major in another subject area. Students who choose a double major must select their courses carefully, to ensure that they complete the requirements of both majors, as well as required courses at the college and university-wide levels.

When philosophy is pursued as a single major, it results in a B.A. degree within the College of Arts and Sciences. Several possible scenarios for combining philosophy with other majors are outlined below. The requirements vary, depending on whether the second major is a B.A. or B.S. within the College of Arts and Sciences, or is part of another College at UNO. The most common way of earning a double major in philosophy is to obtain a single undergraduate degree with two majors. However, it is also possible to obtain two separate degrees, each with its own major.

Philosophy combined with another major within the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may obtain a B.A. degree with two majors within the College of Arts and Sciences, by completing all requirements for the B.A. including the language requirement, and completing all of the major requirements for both subject areas (e.g. English and Philosophy).
  • Students may select a primary major that leads to a B.S. degree within the College of Arts and Sciences. Philosophy is then added as a second major, without obtaining a B.A. degree. All Arts and Sciences degree requirements for the B.S. must be completed, as well as all of the major requirements for both subject areas (e.g. Biology and Philosophy).

Philosophy combined with a major in another College (e.g. Business, Education, IS&T, CPACS, CCFAM):

Students may obtain a degree in another College at UNO, adding philosophy as a second major without also obtaining a B.A. degree. All degree requirements for the other College must be completed, including any requirements for another major or specialization within that College, in addition to the major requirements for philosophy. For example, a student might earn a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Management, while adding a double major by taking 33 hours in Philosophy.

Earning two separate degrees, each with its own major:

Students may obtain two separate degrees, either within the same college (e.g. B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Philosophy in Arts and Sciences) or in two different colleges (e.g. B.S. in Management and B.A. in philosophy). The requirements for both degrees must be completed (including the B.A. and language requirements in Arts and Sciences), as well as the requirements for both majors. This option generally requires the most additional coursework, so it is pursued less frequently than the other routes to a double major.

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