Applied Ethics (Minor)

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Students pursuing the applied ethics minor have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking, reading and writing capacities while exploring philosophy and ethical theory. They also have the opportunity to do so in a manner that explicitly complements their major by focusing on one of the minor's track options. This program provides students an opportunity to gain a humanistic perspective on a nonhumanities field of study, such as health sciences, business and computer science, thereby adding nuance and depth to their educational experience.

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Applied Ethics (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in applied ethics consists of 18 credit hours; a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper-division. At least six upper-division credit hours must be taken in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. Program requirements include nine credit hours of required courses and nine credit hours in one chosen track: Bioethics; Environmental Ethics; Business Ethics; Social Sciences and Ethics; Religion and Ethics; or General Ethics. All courses used to fulfill the requirements of this minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Required Courses -- 9 credit hours
Applied Ethics Elective Tracks -- 9 credit hours
Select 9 credit hours from one of the tracks below: (9)
Bioethics Track
Environmental Ethics Track
Business Ethics Track
Social Sciences and Ethics Track
Religion and Ethics Track
General Ethics Track
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in philosophy, religion and society

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor in applied ethics can help students toward their career goals in the health sciences, law, business, technology, ministry, journalism, counseling, politics or education.

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