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Ethics in Society Minor

Ethics in Society

Ethical decision-making is a fundamental feature of the human condition, pervading our civic lives as well as every kind of professional practice. DePauw's Ethics in Society minor is designed to enable students in any major to delve deeply into the ethical issues arising in the world and in their own field of study or career pathway. It signifies a practical, interdisciplinary understanding of both facts and values relevant to the student's focus area.

Core courses in the minor address the norms and values that may be at stake in any domain. Focus courses add a depth of knowledge about a topic, problem, or field of particular interest or concern to the student. The experiential capstone is designed to help students synthesize the development of their moral reasoning and contribute to a community of ethical understanding and practice.

Students have considerable freedom in proposing the focus for their Ethics in Society minor - whether an already defined track such as business ethics, sustainability, racial justice, biomedical ethics, etc., or something more unique or original. Proposals for the focus area definition and qualifying coursework are reviewed and evaluated by the Program Steering Committee each semester.

Course Catalog

Requirements for a minor

Ethics in Society

Total courses required Five
Core courses Students choose three core courses from the following: ENG 181, PHIL 209 (ethics topics only), PHIL 220, PHIL 230, PHIL 232, PHIL 233, PHIL 234, PHIL 242, PHIL 309 (ethics topics only), PHIL 340.
Other required courses Two approved courses in a focus area.

Additional requirement: Students complete a capstone project consisting of a learning portfolio and public presentation.

Number 300 and 400 level courses One