Ethical issues arise in every field of human endeavor, so knowledge of ethics is beneficial to students regardless of their majors. The minor in Ethics is designed to provide students with systematic exposure to the fundamental theories and concepts of ethics together with the opportunity to explore one or more fields of applied ethics. The minor requires a solid core of philosophy courses on ethics, but also allows students to take one course from a list of relevant courses in other disciplines, including Anthropology, Genetics, History, Microbiology, Political Science, Sociology, and Science, Technology & Society. The minor is highly desirable because it demonstrates interest in and knowledge of ethics to employers, graduate schools, and professional schools.
The Minor Adviser will determine whether courses transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two transferred courses may count toward the minor.
This minor may not be combined with any BA in Philosophy. It may be combined with either the BS in Philosophy or the BS in Philosophy with a Concentration in Logic, Representation and Reasoning providing no more than one course is "double counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of the applicable BS in Philosophy.
When the minor is combined with any other major, no more than two courses may be "double-counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of the major.
The minor requires 15 credit hours, distributed as follows. A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the minor.