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Minor in Ethics

Socrates raised the basic moral question when he asked: Why are things not better than they are? How should things be instead? The importance of a theoretical and practical knowledge of morality and ethics for both private and public life is increasingly being recognized. As citizens and professionals, ethical fluency is a crucial skill for negotiating the complexities of contemporary life. The Ethics Minor is designed to provide conversancy with the major ethical theories and traditions, along with problem solving and analysis of cases, thus enabling students to prepare themselves for the ethical challenges they may face.

Administered by: Department of Philosophy and Music

To receive this Minor, students must complete six (6) courses from the following curriculum:

One (1) of the following:

Five (5) of the following:

  • BUS 221 Business Decision-Making
  • BUS 223 Ethics in Commerce
  • CRM 322 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • PHL 302* Ethics and Health Care
  • PHL 306 Freedom, Equality, Limits of Authority
  • PHL 307 Business Ethics
  • PHL 334 Ethics in Professional Life
  • PHL 400 Human Rights and Justice
  • PHL 406 Issues of Life, Death and Poverty
  • PHL 420 Philosophy, Diversity and Recognition
  • PHL 444 Ethics in Health Services Management
  • PHL 449 Philosophy of Punishment
  • PHL 503 Ancient and Modern Ethics
  • PHL 509* Bioethics
  • PHL 530 Media Ethics
  • PHL 602 Health Policy: Ethics and Justice
  • PHL 603 Modern and Contemporary Ethics
  • PHL 612 Philosophy of Law
  • PHL 614 Philosophy of Human Rights

* Note that these courses have antirequisites that are also part of this Minor; PHL 302 and PHL 509 are antirequisites.

Please see Senate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.