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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Ethics Minor

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (ETHCS)

This interdisciplinary minor, housed in the Department of Philosophy, is designed to provide students with training in ethical frameworks and methods, as well as offer the opportunity to work in various fields of applied ethics. In addition to the requirements for the student's major department the minor consists of 18 credits selected from a wide range of disciplines (including philosophy, communication, engineering, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, public policy, international studies, and environmental studies). Courses deal with ethics from various perspectives including research ethics, media ethics, environmental ethics, bioethics, and business ethics.

Students in the minor will begin with two core courses. The first will cover basic ethical approaches and the application of ethical analysis. The second will provide a grounding in ethical leadership. The core courses will be followed by a choice of other relevant ethics courses. The minor will be suitable for students in almost any major, especially students going on to further academic work or careers in medicine, communication, business, law, the health or life sciences, health administration, informatics or engineering.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


PHIL 103 GH(3), PHIL 119 GH(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 12 credits from an approved list in consultation with the undergraduate adviser for the ethics minor. At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level. Courses must be selected from at least two different departments. (Sem: 5-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-04-023

Review Date: 1/13/09



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