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Minor in Ethics in Society

The Ethics in Society minor is open to students in any department who wish to explore moral issues in personal and public life.

Students must declare the minor in Axess no later than the last day of Autumn quarter of their senior year, although they are advised to declare sooner. The student should discuss the minor with an adviser and prepare a proposal that includes a list of courses planned to fulfill the requirements, theme of minor study, and the name of the faculty adviser. The faculty director approves this proposal. Students interested in pursuing a minor in Ethics in Society should contact the program coordinator for more information and to begin the planning process.

A minor in Ethics in Society requires six courses for a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 30 units. Required courses must be taken for a letter grade.


  1. ETHICSOC 20. Introduction to Moral Theory (same as PHIL 2) or ETHICSOC 170. Ethical Theory (same as PHIL 170)
  2. ETHICSOC 171. Justice (same as IPS 208, PHIL 171, POLISCI 136S, PUBLPOL 103C/307)
  3. Three courses at the 100 level or above that address some dimension of moral or political theory or practice.
  4. One course at the 200 level or above that addresses a moral or political problem, in either theory or practice.

See the course list in the "Honors in Ethics and Society" section of this bulletin for courses that fulfill requirements 3 and 4. The faculty director may approve additional courses.

The 100- and 200-level courses should be focused around a central theme such as biomedical ethics, ethics and economics, ethics and politics, or environmental ethics. The courses at the 100 and 200 level are normally taken after completion of requirements 1 and 2.

Subject to the approval of the faculty director of the Ethics in Society Program, a course covering similar subject matter in another department or program may be substituted for ETHICSOC 20, 170, or 171. No course credited to the Ethics in Society minor may be double-counted toward major requirements.

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