About the Applied Ethics Minor
The field of applied ethics consists in the analysis of ethical issues as they arise
in the management and resolution of real-world problems. Applied (or as it is sometimes
called, practical) ethicspromotes an ongoing “conversation” between specific cases and pressing issues, on the one hand, and theory and meta-theory on the other. Bioethics, business ethics,
and environmental ethics are but a few of the areas of applied ethics that have flourished
in recent years, and all three areas are well represented by the faculty at the University
In the Applied Ethics Minor, students will learn skills of ethical reasoning and analysis
in the context of their preferred area of study. Course work may include ethics, political
philosophy, political thought or democratic theory; courses applying ethical analysis
to health care, business and the professions, engineering and the environment, global
or social justice, law and politics, or communication and the media; and courses in
these particular fields illustrating ethical issues. No prerequisites are required.
The minor will be of particular interest to students planning careers in one of the
subject matter areas who wish to be able to bring ethical perspectives and skills
to their field.
Applied Ethics Minor Checklist Declare Applied Ethics Minor
Work in applied ethics requires understanding of moral and political philosophy, a
grasp of how to apply basic principles to problems in specific areas, and familiarity
with the specific areas of application themselves. Accordingly, the minor is structured
according to three broad areas of course work: (I) Theory, (II) Applied Theory, and (III) Specific Areas of Practice. Here we acknowledge that the distinctions between these major categories are not always
clean; therefore, our model allows for the fact that certain courses may appear in
more than one place.
Students are required to take two courses from each broad area and one additional course from area I or
II. We have selected practical areas to correspond to existing areas of faculty strength
and existing courses.
For information about declaring the applied ethics minor, please contact Leslie Francis or Connie Corbett.