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: 3

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 305 Ethics
Two other PHIL courses at the 200-300 level.
PHIL 205
Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL 206
Contemporary Moral Issues: Experiential
PHIL 271
Bioethics: Dilemmas
PHIL 304
Science and Engineering Ethics
PHIL 330
Topics in Ethics
PHIL 315
Selected Topics in Philosophy
PHIL 317
War and Morality
PHIL 334
Political and Social Philosophy
PHIL 356
Comparative Philosophy
PHIL 399
Directed Study
One course from the following interdisciplinary list:
BETH 315
International Bioethics: Policy and Practice
RLGN 325
Justice, Religion, and Society
RLGN 350
Jewish Ethics
COGS 272
Morality and Mind
COGS 305
Departmental Seminar: Moral Boundaries and Limits of Science
COGS 365
Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
SOCI 349
Social Inequality


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