Regents vote to eliminate philosophy major at UNK

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will no longer offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in...
The University of Nebraska at Kearney will no longer offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy following a vote by the NU Board of Regents on Friday.(UNK Communications)
Published: Feb. 11, 2022 at 4:20 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted Friday to eliminate the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNK.

The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education notified UNK back in 2019 that the philosophy program should be eliminated as it was not meeting certain requirements.

This Board of Regents action does, in effect, formally end the offering of the major. However, all students currently majoring in philosophy will be able to finish their degree requirements through the philosophy program faculty.

There are currently two students who are majoring in philosophy, and nine minoring.

Here’s a look at the numbers from 2010 to 2021 showing the number of students majoring and graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.

YEARUNK students majoring in Philosophy
20107 majors, 5 graduates
20114 majors, 1 graduate
20124 majors, 1 graduate
20138 majors, 4 graduates
20143 majors, 0 graduate
20156 majors, 1 graduate
20166 majors, 1 graduate
201710 majors, 1 graduate
20185 majors, 1 graduate
20194 majors, 3 graduates
20202 majors, 1 graduate
20212 majors, 0 graduate

Classes will still be offered in philosophy for students at UNK, they just will not be able to get their bachelor’s degree in it.

UNK Spokesperson Todd Gottula said they are immediately working to grow the minor so that the program might again be eligible to be re-proposed as a major.

This degree was first proposed by the Board of Regents in the Fall of 1995. However, it was not approved by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education in January 1996. The Board of Regents again proposed and ratified the major in 2004. The CCPE also approved the major in 2004.

Several UNK students and staff members spoke during the public comment section in support of keeping the major on campus.

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