Ethics

Students who pursue an Ethics minor will gain a coherent framework from which to analyze ethical implications in their personal and public lives. Employers rate ethical judgment as more important than disciplinary knowledge or communication skills, and increasingly Ethics has become recognized as a crucial supporting study for work in almost any discipline, such as medical fields, education, and disciplines preparing students for leadership roles in business, government, and other organizations.

Program Highlights

  • Development of understanding to be able to navigate these and other moral questions of value. 
    • How do we make judgments surrounding issues of quantity/quality of life, especially when resources are scarce?
    • How do we negotiate situations in which individual rights seem to conflict with the common good?
    • How far do individuals have a right to privacy, especially in the contexts of technology and medicine?
  • Base of instruction in the history of western philosophy and an overview of the primary fields of philosophy study.
  • Easy translation to a variety of fields such as education, law, mass communication, nonprofit work, sciences, art, business, social work and psychology.

Program Distinctions

  • Faculty that are guest speakers and presenters at national and international conferences.
  • Authors of established philosophy texts such as "Animals and the Law: A Sourcebook," "How to Think Logically" and "Ethical Naturalism: Current Debates" are members of faculty.
  • Research and extensive study among faculty in environmental ethics; feminism; metaphysics; existentialism; Islamic philosophy; Chinese art and religion; social and political philosophy; and philosophy of history, the mind, language and theology.
  • Annual Philosophy Essay Contest
  • Philosophy Department ranked 5th out of the top 100 best colleges for Philosophy. 

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