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Department of Philosophy|College of Arts & Sciences

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Department of Philosophy
Department Head:
Susanna Goodin
Office Associate:
Clayleen Rivord
Ross Hall, Room 122
Dept. 3392
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3204
Fax: 307-766-2096
Email: philosophy@uwyo.edu

Minor in Ethics


Ethical questions and problems arise in virtually all aspects of life.  It is vital for any educated person to know how to think clearly on their own about matters of ethics.  That’s why the minor in ethics complements and enriches any major field of study, whether it is education, nursing, health, education, communications, business, or the sciences.  The minor in ethics has enough flexibility that students can tailor their courses of study in ethics to match their other academic and career interests.  For example, a student who majors in animal science and minors in ethics might explore questions about the use of animal subjects in experiments; a student who majors in computer science and minors in ethics could examine ethical issues in the use of computers, such as privacy, free speech, and intellectual property rights.

 

The minor in ethics helps students compete for jobs in the expanding area of professional ethics, as well as for more traditional jobs with their increasing stress on professional ethics.  Nearly all professions now have codes of ethics and many businesses require employees to adhere to various standards of conduct.  Thus a student who majors in business and minors in ethics might serve as a company’s ethics officer; a student who majors in nursing and minors in ethics could help organize and run a hospital ethics committee; and a student that opts for a career in education would be well qualified to help schools develop character education programs for pupils.

The minor in ethics requires 18 credit hours of course work, with 12 hours at the 3000 level or above.  The courses are in three different areas:

  • Ethical Theory:  3 hours

  • Applications: 3 hours

  • Scientific, Historical and Social Analysis:  3 hours

In addition to taking one course in each of the three areas, students will be required to meet the following two additional requirements:

  • Capstone Course:  3 hours (independent study)

  • Electives:  6 hours (2 courses from Areas 1, 2 or 3 -- each from a different area)

The capstone course is an independent study normally taken during a student’s senior year.  The course integrates the student’s different areas of study in the ethics minor into a project or thesis.  Any professor in any college can sponsor this independent study.  Capstone topics must be approved by the ethics minor advisor.

The minor in ethics is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and administered through the Philosophy Department. Any undergraduate student at the university can minor in ethics.  

 

Students, faculty, and advisors please note:

  • New courses may be added to this list when appropriate.  

  • You may ask to have a particular course count toward the minor in ethics.  Contact Susanna Goodin, Department of Philosophy.

  • You need to be sure you have met the prerequisites to take the approved courses for the minor in ethics.  Many do have prerequisites.

  • You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all course work for the minor in ethics.  

  • Note:  A&S students seeking a minor in A&S must have 12 exclusive to the minor and not used in the major.

 

Students interested in the minor in ethics should contact:

Susanna Goodin
Department of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Dept 3392, 1000 E University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071


Phone(307) 766-3368
E-mail:
goodin@uwyo.edu

Office:  Ross Hall, Room 7

 

Existing University courses that fulfill minor in ethics requirements:

Area 1:  Ethical Theory

PHIL  

3300

Ethical Theory

PHIL  

3350

History of Moral Philosophy

PHIL  

5300

Topics in Ethics

 

Area 2:  Applications

BADM

2010

Legal Environment of Business

CE

3900

Engineering Economics and Professional Ethics

CO/M

4600

Mass Media Ethics

CO/M

4700

Ethics in Personal Relationships

COSC

3050

Ethics for the Computer Age

EDUC

4750

Professional Perspectives

NURS

3010 

Socialization into Professional Nursing

NURS

4980

Nursing Ethics

PHCY

4170

Ethical Issues

PHCY

6385

Ethical Issues

PHIL

2200

Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL

2300

Ethics in Practice

PHIL

4200

Topics in Social and Political Philosophy

POLS

2460

Introduction to Political Theory

POLS

4110

Constitutional Rights and Liberties I

POLS

4120

Constitutional Rights and Liberties II

POLS

4640

Political Theory:  Ancient and Medieval

POLS

4650

Political Theory: Modern

POLS

5480

Ethics in Government

 

Area 3:  Scientific, Historical, and Social Analysis

ANTH

4250

Human Heredity, Evolution, and Society

ANTH

4300

Anthropology of Religion

ANTH

4320

Political Anthropology 

CLAS

2020

Classical Greek Civilization

ECON

1000

Global Economic Issues

ECON

4240

History of Economic Thought (I)

ECON

4250

History of Economic Thought (II)

ECON

4590

Public Choice

EDAD

4215

The Teacher and the School Administrator

EDFD

2020

Foundations of Education

EDFD

2250

Issues in Multicultural Education

ENGL

3710

Gender and Humanities 

GEOL

3450

Fusion, Fission, and Psychosis

HIST

2225

History of Christianity

HIST

2360

The Black in American History

HIST

3710

Gender and Society

HIST

4000

Historiography to 1600

HIST

4010

Historiography since 1600

HIST

4455

Immigration and Ethnicity

HIST

4520

US Intellectual History

HIST

4560

American Social History

HIST

4840

The Social History of American Women

HOEC

3010

Philosophical Perspectives on Home Economics

PHIL

2100

The Greek Mind

PHIL

3140

Philosophy of Science

PHIL

3150

Philosophy of Social Science

PHIL

3320

Eastern Thought

PSYC

3150

Moral Development

PSYC

3820

AIDS: Psychosocial Implications

PSYC

4380

Death and Dying

PSYC

4755

Social Psychology

RELI

1000

Introduction to Religion

RELI

2040

Religions in the Middle East

RELI

2060

Nature and Spirit

RELI

2110

Introduction to the Old Testament

RELI

2150

New Testament Survey

RELI

2175

Life and Teachings of Jesus

RELI

2225

History of Christianity

RELI

2255

Introduction to Judaism

RELI

4000

Theories of Religion 

SOC

3200

Sociology of Religion

SOC

3500

Gender and Society

SOC

4000

Social Inequality

SOC

4100

The Family

SOC

4250

Sociology of Law

SOWK

3630

Social Work Methods

SOWK

4400

Family Law and Human Service Workers

SOWK

4460

Social Welfare Policies and Issues

ZOO

4250

Human Heredity, Evolution, and Society

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