School of Athens

About the Philosophy Degree Program

On Campus Icon On Campus The faculty of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Philosophy Department agree on the necessity of having someone wiser than ourselves in the classroom at all times. So together with the students at UNK we read the Great Books: works from the long shelf of those who challenge us or are clearly our superiors, from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas through Descartes, Shakespeare, Hume, Kant and Nietzsche to Freud, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Lewis and Tolkien, Camus and Solzhenitsyn. You will find that here at UNK there is no better way to test your intellect, or discover the depth — or shallowness — of your own humanity, than to be quickened by such spirits. Come and see.

Job and Graduate School Placement

Based on 2015 Statistics from National Association of Colleges and Employers

78% Placed


71% Full Time

Full Time

29% Graduate School

Graduate School

David Salyer
"It would be hard to overstate the importance of the UNK philosophy program. It has shaped me so profoundly, I cannot imagine my life otherwise. An ancient philosopher once counseled: “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” The professors at UNK gave me the liberty and guidance needed to do just that, day after day, during the most formative years of my life. They modeled the habits of careful reading and reflection, of writing and expression that have served me well, not only in my vocation [as a pastor], but in all aspects of life. I am constantly telling students, parents, friends, and colleagues that they must take advantage of this rare gift we’ve been given right here in central Nebraska."

David Salyer