Department of Philosophy

Minor in Ethics

Minor in Ethics

The minor in ethics allows undergraduate students in any field to pursue a concentration of studies in ethics from multiple perspectives: theoretical and practical, philosophical and empirical/ interdisciplinary. The goal is to encourage analytical reflection on the principles and situations of ethical action, social, interpersonal, or individual, in historical and contemporary contexts.

The ethics minor requires a total of 15 credit hours (i.e. five 3-credit hour courses), as follows: PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 305 Ethics, two other PHIL courses at the 200-300 level, and one of several identified courses in a field other than philosophy. This represents a modification of the program starting in Fall 2016. Students for whom PHIL 205 or 206 was a requirement must enter a change in SIS or fill out an Academic Requirements Substitution form in Undergraduate Studies to graduate with the new minor in ethics.

Required Courses
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 305 Ethics

Two Philosophy elective courses
PHIL 205 Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL 206 Contemporary Moral Issues: Experiential
PHIL 271 Bioethics: Dilemmas
PHIL 304 Science and Engineering Ethics
PHIL 311 Neuroethics
PHIL 315 Selected Topics in Philosophy (ethics content)
PHIL 317 War and Morality
PHIL 322 The Science of Happiness
PHIL 330 Topics in Ethics
PHIL 334 Political and Social Philosophy
PHIL 356 Comparative Philosophy
PHIL 375 Aesthetics (ethics content)
PHIL 384 Ethics and Public Policy
PHIL 399 Directed Study

One course from the following interdisciplinary list:
BETH 210 Perspectives on Health: Intro to MHSM
BETH 315 International Bioethics: Policy and Practice
ESTD 101 Introduction to Environmental Thinking
ECON 338 Law and Economics
ECON 346 Economic Perspectives
ECON 378 Health Care Economics
POSC 322 Political Movements and Protest
RLGN 206 Religion and Ecology
RLGN/COGS 272 Morality and Mind
RLGN 311 Representations of Black Religion in Film
RLGN 325 Justice, Religion, and Society
SOCI 250 Law, Rights and Policy
SOCI 349 Social Inequality
SOCI 356 Money, Markets, Morals and Social Life

*Student may petition for courses to be applied to this minor if they involve significant ethics content.

No more than two courses may count for both the ethics minor and the philosophy major or minor.

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