College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

What are the basic requirements?

The Ethics Minor consists of 18 credit hours, 12 of which should be Philosophy (PL) courses and 9 of which should be on the 300-or 400-level.  Specifically:

  • A foundational PL course in ethics covering basic moral theories and concepts (3 credit hours)
  • Two additional PL courses to be chosen from a wide variety of courses in normative philosophy (6 credit hours)
  • A course in applied ethics showing how moral deliberation is pivotal to some specific profession or field of human activity (3 credit hours) 
  • Two electives, to be selected from PL courses or courses with an ethical focus from other disciplines (6 credit hours)

Students are advised to create a thematic unity in their course selection, in consultation with the program director or other faculty connected to the Ethics Minor.

What are some activities outside the classroom?

Students are encouraged to participate in the annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, attend ethics talks sponsored by the Ethics Minor or other programs, and attend the meetings of the Philosophy Club.  Students also have the option to do an internship with an ethical focus or to pursue an independent study with research in moral theory or applied ethics.