Interdisciplinary Ethics

(Minor Concentration)

Advisory Board:

Dr. Nicholas Baima
Dr. Mark Tunick
Dr. Ashley Kennedy
Dr. Wairimu Njambi

The Interdisciplinary Ethics Minor is designed to provide systematic theoretical and practical study of moral values. Ethics is an enquiry into the judgments by which we guide our personal and collective lives. Ethicists ask What is the good? and How ought we to act? The study of ethics and the practice of ethical reflection should therefore be key elements in the education of students in every area of the curriculum as well as in business, professional, and public life. Ethics is an important regulative basis for conduct in the natural and social sciences, in professional practices including law, medicine, psychology, and teaching, for those engaged in public service, government and charitable organizations, and for entrepreneurship in private industry.

Ethics Minor

Complementing the minor in Interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge, the Interdisciplinary Ethics Minor is designed to teach ethics across the curriculum. It includes classes from disciplines in the arts and sciences with sustained attention to ethical issues. The program is organized around core ethics courses and applied ethical studies in various disciplines.


Students must take at least five classes in approved coursework in ethics. (Substitutes are permitted but must be approved by two members of the advisory board.)

Students must take at least 2 courses in ethics from this list

Course # Course Name Credits
PHI 3670 Honors Ethical Theory 3
POS 3021 Honors History of Political Theory 3
PHI 2642 Ethics of Social Diversity 3
PHI 3653 Ethics in Business,
Government and Society
IDS 3932 Honors Science Ethics 1 or 3
PHI 1933/4930 Honors Bioethics 3
PHI 3644 Honors Obligations 3
PHI 3682 Honors Environmental Philosophy 3


Applied Ethics: Students must take at least 3 courses from this list

Course # Course Name Credits
PHI 3882 Philosophy of Literature 3
PHH 4804 Critical Theory & Practice 3
IDS 3933 Thinking and Decision Making 3
IDS 3932 Technology & Culture 3
IDS 4932 or
HUM 3320
Contemporary Multicultural Studies 3
POS 2692 Punishment 3
POS 3626 Privacy 3
POS 4930 Honors Legal Ethics
and Professionalism

* Approved 2/9/2011; Updated 1/19/2012