Minor in Ethics & Values in Society (Starting Fall 2022)

Students protesting at Climate Rally.

Are you eager to apply what you learn in the classroom to solve problems in society? Do you aspire to be a community activist, an advocate for justice, a positive leader in the corporate world, or a game-changing lawyer? The new Minor in Ethics & Values in Society can help you do meaningful work to improve your community and your own life.

This interdisciplinary program includes foundational coursework in Philosophy, topical courses drawn from more than a dozen disciplines, and a student-driven capstone experience. As a student in the program, you will take up classical ethical theories and philosophical methods in the foundational required courses, and then apply this theory and methodology to real world issues through your choice of electives.

If you'd like to build skills and dig into a specific topic in order to make a positive difference in the world, this program will help you achieve those goals!

The minor in Ethics & Values in Society requires 6 courses plus a capstone (which may be a 7th course or a credit-bearing internship or project). The total number of credits for this minor is 19-24, depending upon which electives and capstone experience are selected. Up to 9 credits may overlap with a major or other minor. 

Basic Requirements (7-9 credits)

  • PHIL 130 Ethics (3 credits)
  • Choose One (3 credits):
    • PHIL 359 Social & Political Philosophy
    • PHIL 377 Philosophy of Law
    • PHIL 420 Applied Ethics
    • PHIL 430 Ethical Theory
  • Capstone (1-3 credits):
    • PHIL 497 Seminar, or
    • Integrative & Applied Learning Project, for example:
      • Internship
      • Service-Learning Project
      • Capstone Course/Project Outside of Philosophy

Electives (12-15 credits)

  • Select four courses from menu of offerings from Anthropology, Biology, Black Studies, Communication, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences, History, Humanities, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies.
  • At least two electives must come from outside of Philosophy
  • At least one elective must come from within Philosophy
  • At least one elective must be at or above the 300 level

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to critically evaluate historical and contemporary normative ethical theory
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to critically evaluate contemporary issues in applied philosophical ethics, social/political philosophy, and/or philosophy of law 
  • Apply philosophical-based frameworks to questions of moral, social, and political values raised in interdisciplinary contexts
  • Integrate learning and understanding from multiple disciplines in a Capstone Experience involving an individualized high impact learning experience (research, internship, service-learning, etc.)

List of Elective Courses


ANTH 100 Intro to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 202 Nutrition, Disease, and Health*

ANTH 216 Race, Racism, and the Black Experience

ANTH 313 Global Health Issues*

ANTH 343 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women's Health*


BIOL 315 Sustainability Science*

BIOL 318 Disease and the Developing World*


BLKS 220 Black Lives Matter: subtitle


COMN 346 Conflict, Negotiation, and Mediation*

COMN 354 Advanced Issues in Media Communication: Media Ethics*†


SUST 124 Sustainability & Environmental Issues

GEOG 300 Environmentalism and Natural Resource Management*

GEOG 376 Political Geography*

GEOG 474 Geographic Thought*


GSCI 140/1 Environmental Science

GSCI 150/1 The Geology of Climate Change & Energy

GSCI 200 Environmental Geology


HIST 244 Europe in the Shadow of War

HIST 250 Work and Workers in America

HIST 260  Issues in the History of American Women

HIST 261 Native American History

HIST 266 Civil Rights Movement in America

HIST 267 Women and US Social Movements

HIST 275 Global History of Sexual Science

HIST 282 History of Modern East Asia

HIST 287 Modern Africa

HIST 292 The Modern Islamic World: 1800 to the Present

HIST 413 Black Power & Structural Inequality Post-1945*

HIST 415 Environmental Thought & Politics in Mod Amer*

HIST 453 Nationalism and Ethnic Violence*

HIST 485 African Environmental History*


HUMN 222 Black Humanities


MGMT 263 Business Law I*

MGMT 264 Business Law II*


PHIL 201 Environmental Ethics

PHIL 203 Computer Ethics

PHIL 204 Feminist Philosophy

PHIL 208 Philosophy of Race

PHIL 236 Medicine & Morality

PHIL 237 Ethical Issues in Business*

PHIL 359 Social & Political Philosophy*‡

PHIL 377 Philosophy of Law*‡

PHIL 420 Applied Ethics: subtitle*‡

PHIL 430 Ethical Theory*‡


PLSC 413 Political Leadership*

PLSC 419 Constitutional Rights & Liberties*

PLSC 432 Liberal Democracy & Its Critics*

PLSC 442 Human Rights in a Global Perspective*


PSYC 275 Environmental Psychology*

PSYC 278 Psychology of Happiness*


SOCL 102 Intro to Social Problems & Public Policy

SOCL 220 Inequality, Class, and Poverty

SOCL 347 Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency*


WGST 100 Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

WGST 201 Historical and Political Topics

WGST 202 Topics in Representation in the Humanities & Arts

WGST 203 Topics in Gender in the Social World

WGST 204 Global Issues of Sex and Gender

WGST 205 Topics in Gender, Sexuality, Queer Studies

WGST 310 Race, Class, and Gender

WGST 320 Gender and Sexualities

WGST 330 Feminist Theories*

*Courses marked with an asterisk have prerequisites and/or program restrictions in the corresponding department. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

†NOTE: COMN 354 may be applied toward the minor only when completed under the Media Ethics topic.

‡NOTE: no more than one of PHIL 359, 377, 420, 430 may be taken as an elective.