Director: Susanne Foster, Ph.D.
The interdisciplinary minor in ethics provides an opportunity for students to explore the moral dimensions of human life and to develop the ability for critical ethical analysis in their personal and professional lives. By encouraging students to seek values across the curriculum in a formal and disciplined way, it prepares graduates not only for the modern workplace, but for the world in its most urgent and deepest complexity. First-level courses introduce the basis of ethical reasoning within philosophy and Christian faith. Second-level courses engage students in the application of ethical theories to particular ethical issues or problems (e.g., business ethics, environmental ethics, poverty). Third-level courses allow students to explore the contexts of various institutions and social domains (e.g., the legal system, social and institutional dimensions of race and gender, mass communication) in which ethical decisions must be made.
The Ethics minor consists of seven courses (21 credits) chosen from the areas listed below:
|Ethical Theory Courses: Choose two of the following courses:||6|
|Theory of Ethics|
or THEO 4400
|Christian Faith and Justice|
|Applied Ethics Courses: Choose two courses, at least one philosophy:||6|
|Ethical Problems of Mass Communications|
|Contemporary Ethical Problems|
|Foundations of Ecological Ethics|
|Studies in Moral Theology|
|Contemporary Interfaces with Ethics: Choose two courses:||6|
|Mass Communication Theory and Research|
|Primary Health Care Concepts|
|Business and Its Environment|
|Marketing and Society|
|Philosophy of the Environment|
|Philosophy of Law|
|Philosophy and History of Crime and Punishment|
|Justice and Power|
|Ethics and Politics|
|Social Problems in Urban Society|
|Sociology of Human Values|
|Theology, Violence, and Nonviolence|
|Required Capstone Course:|
|INET 4953||Capstone Seminar in Ethics||3|
|Total Credit Hours||21|
- Other courses subject to approval of director of the Ethics minor.
- Additional courses subject to special approval by the director of the Center of Ethics Study.