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This minor offers students the opportunity to draw together courses with a major focus on ethics, and so to concentrate a part of their liberal arts education on those questions of right and wrong residing in nearly every field of inquiry. Background in the history and methods of ethical reasoning will be completed by the study of normative and applied ethics in selected areas of interest.

Requirements: PHI 222, and any four other courses offered in various departments and programs at Smith and the Five Colleges. The list tends to vary from year to year, so be sure to consult one of the advisers.

In recent years, courses at Smith, for example, have included

  • ANT 255 Dying and Death
  • EGR 390 Topics in Engineering: Science, Technology and Ethics
  • PHI 221 Ethics and Society
  • PHI 235 Morality, Politics and the Law
  • PHI 238 Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 241 Business Ethics: Moral Issues in the Boardroom and the Classroom
  • PHI 242 Topics in Medical Ethics
  • PHI 304 Colloquium in Applied Ethics
  • PHI/PSY 275 Topics in Moral Psychology
  • SOC 203 Qualitative Methods

However, be sure to check the availability of courses each semester or consult with the director of the program.

The Minor in Ethics



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