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Ethics Minor

This interdisciplinary minor, housed in the Department of Philosophy, is designed to provide students with training in ethical reasoning, 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 (e.g., philosophy, communication, engineering, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, public policy, international studies, and environmental studies). Courses deal with ethics from various perspectives, for example research ethics, media ethics, environmental ethics, bioethics, and business ethics.

Students in the minor will choose from a broad range of 0-, 100-, and 400-level ethics-related courses offered in the Philosophy Department, and will have the chance to take up to two ethics-related courses outside the department. Some Philosophy ethics-related courses cover prominent and powerful historical and contemporary approaches to ethical decision-making and leadership; others cover specific problems in ethical thinking or applications to concrete areas of life. The minor will be suitable for students in almost any major, especially students going on to further academic work or careers in medicine, teaching and education, communication, business, law, the health or life sciences, health administration, public policy, politics, computer science, or engineering.

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

Minor Requirements

18 credits, at least 6 of which must be at the 400 level, and at least 12 of which must be in PHIL, and no more than 6 of which may be from the 0-level. See the University Bulletin page for more details.

Relevant PHIL 0-level courses

Individuals in Society Keystone/General Education Course
Ethical Life Keystone/General Education Course
Gender Matters Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Racism, and Diversity Keystone/General Education Course
Love and Sex

Relevant PHIL 100-level courses

Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Philosophy of Law Keystone/General Education Course
Business Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Social and Political Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
Social and Political Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
Philosophy and Education Keystone/General Education Course
Environmental Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
Ethical Leadership Keystone/General Education Course
Knowing Right from Wrong Keystone/General Education Course
Media Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Bioethics Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics of Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course
PHIL 134
Food Ethics
Ethics in Jewish Tradition and Thought Keystone/General Education Course
Happiness and Well-Being

Relevant PHIL 400-level courses

Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Business Ethics
Technology and Human Values
Social and Political Philosophy
Ethics
Topics in Ethical Theory
Medical and Health Care Ethics
African American Philosophy
Ethics After the Holocaust

Relevant non-PHIL courses

Racism and Sexism
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
Politics of Affirmative Action
Introduction into Ethics and Issues in Agriculture Keystone/General Education Course
Cultural Diversity: A Global Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Language Rights, Policy, and Planning
Living in an Increasingly Diverse Society
Confucius and the Great Books of China
Social and Ethical Environment of Business
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Ethical Business Practice
Values and Ethics in Biobehavioral Health Research and Practice
Power, Conflict, and Community Decision Making
Banned Books: International and Comparative Perspectives Keystone/General Education Course
Human Rights and World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature
Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Social Justice and the Image Keystone/General Education Course
News Media Ethics
Ethics and Regulation in Advertising and Public Relations
Media Law and Ethics
Telecommunications Ethics
Race, Crime, and Justice
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Competing Rights: Issues in American Education Keystone/General Education Course
Education, Schooling, and Values
Diversity and Cultural Awareness Practices in the K-12 Classroom
Alternative Voices in American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Sports, Ethics, and Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Inequality: Economics, Philosophy, Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Food, Values, and Health Keystone/General Education Course
Arguing about Food
Financial Ethics
Environment, Power, and Justice Keystone/General Education Course
Geographies of Justice
Art and Science of Human Flourishing Keystone/General Education Course
Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions
Family and Sex Roles in Modern History Keystone/General Education Course
Antisemitisms
Meaning, Ethics, and Movement
Ethics in Sport and Sport Management
Philosophy and Sport
Ethics in the Workplace
Business, Ethics, and Society
Leadership and Ethics
Professional Role Development II: Ethics, Legal and Genetic Issues
Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Informatics
Introduction to Political Theory Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics in Citizenship, Politics, and Government Keystone/General Education Course
Selected Works in the History of Political Theory
Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Political Theories
Modern and Contemporary Political Theories
Foundations of American Political Theory
Sex, Race, & Justice: The U.S. Supreme Court and Equality
Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
The Psychology of Evil
The Ethics of Western Religion Keystone/General Education Course
Justice and the Environment
Sexualities, Gender and Power: Feminist Thought and Politics Keystone/General Education Course
Debates in Contemporary Feminism

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: https://tutorials.lionpath.psu.edu/public/UpdateAcademics/. 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: http://rockethics.psu.edu/