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Department of Philosophy

Minor in Ethics

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements ETHICSMIN

The Minor in Ethics allows students to focus upon foundational questions about how we should live, both individually and in community. It aims to provide familiarity with central arguments, issues, theories, and positions in ethics, and to develop the student’s ability to think clearly and rigorously about ethical issues. Students will learn to analyze ethically challenging situations and problems, to identify ethically salient considerations, to apply ethical principles and theories, and to argue cogently in favor of ethical positions. The minor helps students develop skills in identifying, developing, and critically evaluating ethical arguments, thinking clearly and independently, and applying principles of good reasoning. The Minor is designed to allow students flexibility in pursuing their interests within the broad area of Ethics.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course*. One (1) course:
    • PHIL-P 103 Gender, Sexuality and Race
    • PHIL-P 141 Introduction to Ethical Theories and Problems
    • PHIL-P 145 Liberty and Justice: A Philosophical Introduction
    • PHIL-P 240 Business and Morality - Ethics in Context
    • REL-R 170 Religion, Ethics, and Public Life
  2. Ethical Theory. Two (2) courses:
    • PHIL-P 332 Feminism and Value
    • PHIL-P 340 Classics in Ethics
    • PHIL-P 342 Problems of Ethics
    • PHIL-P 343 Classics in Social and Political Philosophy
    • PHIL-P 345 Problems in Social and Political Philosophy
  3. Issues, Interdisciplinary, and Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • Additional courses from the Ethical Theory course list
    • PHIL-P 242 Applied Ethics
    • PHIL-P 375 Philosophy of Law
    • PHIL-P 393 Biomedical Ethics
    • ANTH-P 409 Archaeological Ethics
    • CJUS-P 330 Criminal Justice Ethics
    • ECON-E 309 Topics in Economics (approved topic: "Economics and Ethics")
    • GEOG-G 341 Ecological Restoration: Science, Politics, and Ethics
    • INTL-I 340 Ethics and Decision-Making in International Politics
    • LAMP-M 302 Ethics and Responsible Management
    • MSCH-L 317 Media Ethics and Professional Responsibility
    • REL-D 340 Religion and Bioethics
    • REL-D 350 Religion, Ethics, and the Environment
    • REL-D 365 Friendship, Benevolence, and Love
    • REL-D 430 Problems in Social Ethics
    • POLS-Y 379 Ethics and Public Policy
    • Additional courses with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.