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Undergraduate Minor

2014-15 Ethics in Society Undergraduates

The Ethics in Society minor is open to students in any department who wish to explore moral issues in personal and public life.

Students must declare the minor in Axess no later than the last day of Autumn Quarter of their senior year, although they are advised to declare sooner. The student should discuss the minor with the program’s faculty director and prepare a proposal that includes a list of courses planned to fulfill the requirements, theme of minor study, and the name of their faculty adviser (to be determined in consultation with the faculty director). The faculty director approves this proposal. Students interested in pursuing a minor in Ethics in Society should contact the Program Coordinator for more information and to begin the planning process.

A minor in Ethics in Society requires six courses for a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 30 units.  All courses must be taken for a letter grade.


Gateway Courses

ETHICSOC Electives

  • Three ETHICSOC courses at the 100-level or above relating to theme of minor (12-15 units)

University-Wide Electives

  • One or two courses at the 100-level or above that address moral or political problems, in either theory or practice, relating to the student's chosen theme of the minor. These may be further ETHICSOC offerings OR courses with substantial ethical content taken in other departments of the university. The latter require approval of the program’s faculty director. (3-5 units)

The electives selected by the student should be focused around a central theme such as environmental ethics, ethics and politics, ethics and economics, biomedical ethics, ethics and technology, or a theme approved by the Faculty Director. Ethical Reasoning courses that fit the student's thematic focus may be counted towards the minor. Electives are normally taken after completion of the Gateway Courses.

Courses credited to the Ethics in Society minor may not be double-counted toward major requirements.