Ethics Minor

The ethics minor is administered through the philosophy department. Ethics considers how you conduct your lives and how you relate to others as community members, professionals, citizens, and inhabitants of this planet. The study of ethics is, therefore, especially relevant to personal and professional activities within the university and in one’s career and community. Many businesses, professions, and public service opportunities require a high standard of personal and professional conduct. A minor in ethics will demonstrate that the student has spent serious academic time considering questions of conduct, right and wrong, the good society, and the importance of engaging in ethical practices. The academic prospects of students will be enhanced by the thoughtful commitment to critical thinking that is called for by the required and elective courses in Ethics Minor.

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A minor in Ethics requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • to declare the minor, you have completed the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form

Core Courses

Minor Requirements:

  • PHIL-P 120 Ethics (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 326 Ethical Theory (3 cr.)

One Ethical, Political and Social Traditions course. (3 cr.) For example, any of the following would count:

  • PHIL-P 240 Business and Morality: Ethics in Context
  • PHIL-P 323 Society and State in the Modern World
  • POLS-Y 215 Introduction to Political Theory
  • REL-R 257 Introduction to Islam
  • REL-R 367 American Indian Religions
  • REL-R 369 Love, Sex, and Justice
  • REL-R 393 Comparative Religious Ethics

Electives

At least two Values/Ethics oriented courses from within the School of Liberal Arts. (6 cr.) For example, any of the following would count:

  • PHIL-P 110 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 237 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL-P 393 Biomedical Ethics
  • ANTH-E 300 Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups
  • ANTH-E 411 Wealth, Exchange, and Power in Anthropological Perspective
  • ANTH-A 462 Truth & Reconciliation
  • COM-M 150 Mass Media and Contemporary Society
  • COM-C 394 Communication and Conflict
  • COM-C 481 Current Issues in Organizational Communication
  • ENG-W 377 Writing for Social Change
  • GEO-G 310 Human Impact on Environment
  • HIST-A 402 Readings in American Environmental History
  • HIST-B 426 Genocide and its Origins
  • JOUR-J 361 Issues in Sports Journalism
  • JOUR-J 410 The Media as Social Institutions
  • JOUR-J 475 Race, Gender & the Media
  • POLS-Y 215 Introduction to political theory
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
  • REL-R 314 Religion and Racism
  • REL-R 383 Religions, Ethics, U.S. Society
  • REL-R 384 Religion, Ethics, and Health
  • REL-R 386 Consumption, Ethics, and the Good Life
  • REL-R 393 Comparative Religious Ethics
  • SOC-R 121 Social Problems
  • SOC-R 240 Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC-R 461 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC-R 463 Inequality and Society
  • SOC-R 467 Social Change

Students taking Values/Ethics courses from outside the School of Liberal Arts may count one of those courses (3 cr.) towards the ethics minor in place of one of the Values/Ethics courses above. For example, any of the following would count:

  • EDUC-E 201 Multicultural Education/Global Awareness
  • EDUC-H 341 American Culture and Education
  • CEMT 30200 Construction Law and Ethics (Pre-requisite: CEMT 12000)
  • GEOL-G 132 Environmental Problems
  • HPER-P 402 Ethics in Sport
  • INFO-I 453 Computer and Information Ethics
  • LSTU-L 314 Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace
  • LSTU-L 385 Class, Race, Gender & Work
  • NURS-S 474 Applied Health-Care Ethics
  • OLS 26300 Ethical Decisions in Leadership
  • PBHL-H474 Health Administration Ethics Seminar
  • PHST-P 401 Ethics & Values of Philanthropy
  • PSY-B203 Ethics and Diversity in Psychology
  • SPEA-J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice

How to enroll

If you have questions or need more information on how to enroll in the ethics minor contact Professor Samuel Khan, Undergraduate Mentor, kahnsa@iupui.edu.