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Ethics is an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to explore the issues of right and wrong that lie behind many decisions in public and private life. Courses are drawn mainly from the philosophy, religion and sociology departments at Smith, though relevant courses from other fields and other colleges are possible. Subjects include metaethics (on the possibility of judgments of right and wrong) and normative and applied ethics (moral judgments in specific fields, such as medicine, law and business).

The minor requires PHI 222, Ethics, as its basic course, plus four others chosen from among PHI 221, Ethics and Society; PHI 235, Morality, Politics, and the Law; PHI 238, Environmental Ethics; PHI 241, Business Ethics; PHI 242, Medical Ethics; PHI 275, Moral Psychology; PHI 304, Colloquium in Applied Ethics: a topical seminar; and ANT 344, Anthropology and Medical Ethics. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the advisory committee.

The Minor in Ethics



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