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Revised 2017-2018.

Socrates raised the basic moral question when he asked: Why are things not better than they are? How should things be instead? The importance of a theoretical and practical knowledge of morality and ethics for both private and public life is increasingly being recognized. As citizens and professionals, ethical fluency is a crucial skill for negotiating the complexities of contemporary life. The Ethics Minor is designed to provide conversancy with the major ethical theories and traditions, along with problem solving and analysis of cases, thus enabling students to prepare themselves for the ethical challenges they may face.

Administered by: Department of Philosophy and Music


To receive this Minor, students must complete six (6) courses from the following curriculum:

One (1) of the following:

PHL 400 Human Rights and Justice
PHL 503 Ancient and Modern Ethics
PHL 603 Modern and Contemporary Ethics
PHL 614 Philosophy of Human Rights

Five (5) of the following:

BUS 221 Business Decision-Making
BUS 223 Ethics in Commerce
CRM 322 Ethics in Criminal Justice
PHL 302* Ethics and Health Care
PHL 306 Freedom, Equality, Limits of Authority
PHL 307 Business Ethics
PHL 334 Ethics in Professional Life
PHL 400 Human Rights and Justice
PHL 406 Issues of Life, Death and Poverty
PHL 420 Philosophy, Diversity and Recognition
PHL 444 Ethics in Health Services Management
PHL 449 Philosophy of Punishment
PHL 503 Ancient and Modern Ethics
PHL 509* Bioethics
PHL 530 Media Ethics
PHL 602
Health Policy: Ethics and Justice
PHL 603 Modern and Contemporary Ethics
PHL 612 Philosophy of Law
PHL 614 Philosophy of Human Rights

* Note that these courses have antirequisites that are also part of this Minor; PHL 302 and PHL 509 are antirequistes.


Please see Senate Policy 148 for further information about Minors.