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Ethics Minor

The Ethics minor at Penn State University is interdisciplinary and includes fields such as philosophy, communication, engineering, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, public policy, international studies, and environmental studies. Students will have the opportunity to learn about various ethical perspectives and challenges that relate to research ethics, business ethics, bioethics, media ethics, and more.

How would an ethics minor benefit you?

Understanding ethical practices and increasing ethical knowledge is important to a successful life, both personally and professionally. An Ethics minor would enrich your life in general and add a very marketable component to your studies in particular. The curriculum is designed to provide students with training in ethical frameworks and methods to help ensure successful execution of both future professional duties and personal endeavors. Need an example? Take the case of the recent collapse of the stock market and global financial systems. There is much evidence to suggest that ethically inadequate business practices were at the root of this corporate calamity, which has negatively affected millions of people around the world. The Ethics minor is designed to help students understand the ethical issues involved in global situations such as this, as well as in personal decisions made in individuals lives.

For more information, please contact an adviser in the Philosophy Department:
 (Undergraduate Advisor) or Christopher Moore (Director of Undergraduate Studies)

Minor Requirements

Required Courses (6 credits)
PHIL 103 or 103W (GH)—Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
PHIL 119 (GH)—Ethical Leadership (3 credits)

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (12 credits)
400-level ethics-related course (3 credits)
400-level ethics-related course (3 credits) 
Additional supporting ethics-related course (3 credits)
Additional supporting ethics-related course (3 credits

**Examples of 400-level ethics-related courses
PHIL 403: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 405: Philosophy of Law
PHIL 406: Business Ethics
PHIL 407: Technology and Human Values
PHIL 408: or 408W: Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 418 or 418W: Ethics
PHIL 432: Medical and Health Care Ethics
PHIL 478: Ethics after the Holocaust

**The supporting courses must be selected from at least two different departments in consultation with an ethics minor adviser.**

How to Declare

You can declare the minor in Ethics through your Student Center in Lion PATH.  You can view a tutorial using this link:  Please make sure you meet with an adviser to ensure appropriate course selection.  

For more information about Ethics, please visit the Rock Ethics Institute's website: