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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.

Requirements for the Minor in Ethics

The minor requires 15 credit hours, distributed as follows. A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

  1. Two of the following courses (6 credit hours):
  2. Two additional courses from the following (6 credit hours):
  3. One additional course from the following (3 credit hours):


  1. As soon as you are ready to declare the minor, you should complete and sign the NC State “Declare a Minor” form (available here) and bring it to the Department’s Student Services Assistant, Ms. Stephanie Wilson, in Withers Hall, Room 340.
  2. Ms. Wilson will obtain the required departmental signatures and submit the form to Registration and Records on your behalf so that a minor degree audit can be added to your record.
  3. You should consult with the Minor Adviser, Dr. Timothy Hinton, during each registration period to ensure that you are making headway toward completing the requirements of the minor.
  4. After registering for your last semester and before submitting your on-line application to graduate, you should complete a “Minor Certification Form” with Ms. Stephanie Wilson in Withers Hall, Room 340.