Carnegie Mellon University

The Minor in Ethics

With the explosive growth of science and technology have come both new possibilities and new problems. Developments in medicine, in biology, in chemistry, in nuclear engineering or in computer science all have costs as well as benefits, and they present us with many hard choices. Some of the hardest of these new problems are moral problems.

The Philosophy Department's Minor in Ethics introduces students to central ethical concepts and theories proposed and defended by the great philosophers of the past; it provides an understanding of how these theories and concepts can be applied to practical problems. This background in ethical theory and its applications should help students to respond more sensitively and appropriately to the new and unavoidable ethical problems that businesses, unions, and branches of government must face.

Ethics Core Courses (27 units)

Complete three courses from any of the following areas with at least two courses at the 200-level or higher.

80-130

Introduction to Ethics

9

80-135

Introduction to Political Philosophy

9

80-136

Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics

9

80-230

Ethical Theory

9

80-235

Political Philosophy

9

80-241

Ethical Judgments in Professional Life

9

80-244

Environmental Ethics

9

80-245

Medical Ethics

9

80-247

Ethics and Global Economics

9

80-335

Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice

9

80-337

Philosophy, Politics & Economics

9

80-348

Health Development and Human Rights

9

80-430

Ethics and Medical Research

9

80-447

Global Justice

9

Ethics Electives (18 units)

Complete two courses at the 200-level or higher.

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