Ethics Minor

This minor is available to students in any major.

The Ethics Minor Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 16 credit hours, including 20 hours of service learning.

  • Foundation course: PHI 241 — offered every year by the Department of Philosophy.
  • Four three-credit hour ethics courses from a list of pre-approved elective courses (see below)
  • A one-credit hour independent research project including a paper of around 15 pages written in collaboration with a professor who teaches within the Ethics Minor Program.
  • 20 hours of a community-based learning experience completing over the course of the minor program.

Ethics Courses

CLS 207Mythology and Literature3
PHI 242Ethical Issues in Business3
PHI 243Bio-Medical Ethics3
PHI 244Environmental Ethics3
PHI 245Animal Ethics3
PHI 246Ethics of Technology3
PHI 252Happiness, Virtue and the Good Life3
RST 340Moral Issues Today3
RST 342Theological Ethics and Environmental Justice3
RST 345Bio-Moral Problems3

Learning Goals and Objectives

Student Learning Goal 1

Students will demonstrate analysis of and reflection upon concerns of ethics.  

Students will:

  • Objective A: Show competence and expertise in some concerns of ethics.

  • Objective B: Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant theories of ethics and the ability to critically analyze and reflect on these theories.
  • Objective C: Understand and reflect on the experience of some concerns of ethics.

Student Learning Goal 2

Students will be able to thoughtfully apply moral principles to cultivate their characters and to work towards realizing a more just world.

Students will:

  • Objective A: Recognize and analyze some contemporary concerns where ethics is at stake (such as environmental racism, or the abortion debate) and propose thoughtful solutions or approaches to these issues. 
  • Objective B: Engage on a personal level some contemporary concerns where ethics is at stake.