Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Ethics (ETHICSMIN)Department of Philosophy

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


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.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Course*. One (1) course:
  2. Ethical Theory. Two (2) courses:
  3. Issues, Interdisciplinary, and Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • (approved topic: "Economics and Ethics")
    • Additional courses from the Theory of Ethics course list
    • Additional courses with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.


  • * A student who has taken a 100 or 200-level course in Philosophy, other than PHIL-P 105, PHIL-P 150, or PHIL-P 250, may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies to substitute an additional course from the Ethical Theory list to fulfill this requirement