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Minor in Ethics
Completing this minor will give students a solid understanding of the principles and methods of ethical evaluation, which will be helpful in their personal and professional decision making.
An ethics minor will complement majors that prepare students for careers in human services or public policy (e.g., social work, education, business, government) and will benefit students who plan go on to law school or to other endeavors which involve wrestling with questions of right and wrong.
A minor in ethics would also benefit students with natural or social science majors. Current trends in scientific education emphasize awareness of the ethical, legal, and social implications of one's work. An ethics minor would demonstrate that one has the training to deal with such matters.
Students who minor in ethics will choose from an array of courses that apply critical thinking skills to issues of right and wrong.
Required philosophy course 3 hours
Elective philosophy courses 9 hoursChoose three courses:
Elective religion course 3 hours
PHI 240 - Applied Ethics (4)
This course enables students to use theories and concepts from moral philosophy to make well-reasoned ethical judgments, and to apply those judgments to promote social justice. Each section will focus on a central ethical issue, which may vary from section to section, and will draw content from multiple disciplines. Students will engage in experiential learning activities, such as service learning, to connect theoretical content with real world applications of ethics. This course may be cross-listed with specific sections of GSR 240.
Prerequisite: GSR 150
PHI 257 - Moral Philosophy (3)
Study of questions relating to value judgments, such as “What makes actions right or wrong?” and “What are the components of a good life?” This course covers the principles and methods of moral reasoning. Students will compare and evaluate various ethical theories, and use them to examine and debate classic problems and current controversies.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent
PHI 290 - Ethics and Health Care (3)
This course is an introduction to the field of medical ethics and the kinds of decisions individuals and families make about health care and treatment options. Students will look at current issues such as kinds of treatment and their effects, allocation of health care resources, ethical issues of health care professionals, managed care decisions, and end of life decisions. Students will apply philosophical theories of ethics to these issues and develop perspectives on health care decision making.
Prerequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent
PHI 318 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
Study of major social and political philosophies, including explanation and discussion of the principal ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, and the Founding Fathers.
Prerequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent
PHI 320 - Topics in Ethics (3)
The study of topics relating to ethics that are not covered in depth in the regular departmental course offerings. Topics may include moral theory, moral psychology, applied ethics, and controversial social issues.
Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy; or permission of the instructor
PHI 341 - Business Ethics (3)
This course is cross-listed and is otherwise known as PHI 341. It introduces the student to the normative theories of moral philosophy as they apply to free enterprise market systems, corporations and other organizations. Students use case studies and current events to critically assess how to resolve moral issues commonly faced by managers, employees, marketers, and consumers.
Prerequisite: ENG 102 or the equivalent.
PHI 359 - Philosophy of Punishment (3)
A critical study of the major theories justifying the punishment of criminals, including retributivism, consequentialism, and hybrid and alternative approaches. Arguments about the appropriateness of certain punishments, such as the death penalty and felon disenfranchisement, will also be considered. Emphasis will be on analysis and evaluation of complex texts and on ethical debate.
Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy or sociology
PHI 450 - Bioethics and the Deaf Community (3)
Bioethics is a branch of applied ethics, which in turn is a part of the philosophical field of ethics. Bioethics applies ethical theory to issues in the biological sciences, including scientific research and healthcare. This course introduces major theoretical approaches to bioethics and applies them to topics of interest to the deaf community, including (but not limited to) eugenics, cochlear implant surgery, and genetic technology. Bioethics theories and concepts covered will include informed consent, research ethics, individual and group rights, surrogate decision-making, quality of life, genetic enhancement versus gene therapy, and wrongful life. The potential impact of new and emerging technologies on the deaf community will also be discussed.
Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy.
REL 201 - World Religions (3)
The study of the world's great living religions. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism will be presented and discussed in their historical and sociocultural perspectives.
REL 355 - Religion in American Society (3)
Exploration of issues of religion that are unique to the American experience including: historical and contemporary religious pluralism; uniquely American sects such as the Shaker, Amish, and Mormon traditions; and the rise of secular humanism, atheism, and "spiritual but not religious" in American society.