Ethics Minor

Based in Philosophy, the interdisciplinary Ethics minor provides a concentrated study of ethical theory and practice. The courses in the minor

  • explore and rigorously debate persistent fundamental questions concerning right and wrong, justice, fairness, equality, obligation, and virtue;
  • promote a sophisticated understanding of the diversity of moral theories and their applications in concrete situations;
  • engage questions about how moral principles can be translated into law and public policy in a pluralistic world.

The Ethics minor affords a great deal of flexibility and is a wonderful complement to any major. Because of its interdisciplinary character, you might find that courses that you have already taken in the Core or your major will also count toward the minor.


In order to earn a minor in Ethics, students must complete 30 credits with a grade point average of 2.0 including:  five credits from the Ethics core, 10-15 credits from Philosophical Perspectives and 10-15 credits from Interdisciplinary Perspectives.


How might the Ethics minor work for you?  Say you are particularly interested in the ethical dimensions of social and political philosophy. Your schedule might look like this: 

  • Fall: SOCW 2010 Social Justice
  • Winter: THRS 2202 Social Justice & Christian Ethics
  • Spring: PHIL 4220 Virtue Ethics

Or you want to explore ethical issues in relation to race and gender. Consider:

  • Fall: PHIL 4850 Major Figure: Angela Davis
  • Winter: THRS 2204 Gender, Race & Eco-Theology
  • Spring: WGST 3711 Queer Theory

Fall 2023 Course Descriptions
Ethics Minor in Course Catalog 



Maria Carl, PhD
Director, Ethics Minor
Casey 430-16