Ethics Minor

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies administers an Ethics Minor across the colleges and departments of the University. The Ethics minor provides a methodologically and theoretically grounded curriculum in ethical studies for the university. The program challenges students to deepen their thinking about ethics through multiple approaches drawn from philosophy and religious studies. Students electing an ethics minor will select an advisor from the participating faculty of the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies to guide them in choosing 15 credit hours of courses in ethics. Where appropriate, the curriculum includes the opportunity to study ethics in the context of a student’s major.

Benefits:

  • Prepares students to analyze and articulate their own ethical convictions.
  • Challenges students to learn how to interpret ethical frameworks and relate to people of other cultures.
  • Trains students to decipher the ethical challenges of their communities and professions.
  • Certifies to potential employers that graduates with the Minor have undertaken expert instruction in ethics. 

The ethics curriculum enhances students' understanding of challenges they will face in their future personal and professional lives.  Program graduates will thus be prepared to assume leadership roles in their workplaces and communities.  The advising faculty give close attention to students’ academic work, which enables advisors to serve as references for the many forms of employment that seek to verify applicants' training in ethics (e.g., business, education, civil service, social work, religious service, nonprofit organizations, health care, etc.).

Students in the minor receive advising from the participating faculty of the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies to guide them in choosing 15 credit hours of courses in ethics. 12 credit hours must be taken in the Philosophy and Religious Studies course offerings in ethics. 3 credits may be taken in ethics courses in the department(s) of the student’s major(s). 

For more information, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.