Minor in Ethics

Ethical issues arise in every field of human endeavor, so knowledge of ethics is beneficial to students regardless of their majors. The Minor in Ethics is designed to provide students with systematic exposure to the fundamental theories and concepts of ethics together with the opportunity to explore one or more fields of applied ethics. The minor requires a solid core of philosophy courses on ethics, but also allows students to take one course from a list of relevant courses in other disciplines, including anthropology, genetics, history, microbiology, political science, sociology, and science, technology and society. The minor is highly desirable because it demonstrates interest in and knowledge of ethics to employers, graduate schools and professional schools.

The Minor Adviser will determine whether courses transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two transferred courses may count toward the minor.

This minor may not be combined with any BA in Philosophy. It may be combined with either the BS in Philosophy or the BS in Philosophy with a Concentration in Logic, Representation and Reasoning providing no more than one course is "double counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of the applicable BS in Philosophy.

When the minor is combined with any other major, no more than two courses may be "double-counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of the major.


The minor requires 15 credit hours, distributed as follows. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

A) Two of the following core courses (6 credit hours)

PHI 375 Ethics
PHI 376 History of Ethics
PHI 475 Ethical Theory

B) Two additional courses from the following (6 credit hours):

PHI 214 Issues in Business Ethics
PHI 221 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHI 309 Political Philosophy
PHI 313 Ethical Problems in the Law
PHI/STS 325 Bio-Medical Ethics
PHI 375 Ethics
PHI 376 History of Ethics
PHI 420 Global Justice
PHI 475 Ethical Theory
REL 473 Religion, Gender and Reproductive Technologies

C) One additional course from either the courses listed under (B) above or the following courses (3 credit hours):

ANT 420 Biological Bases for Human Social Behavior
ENG/WGS 327 Language and Gender
GN 301 Genetics in Human Affairs
HI/AFS 455 History of the Civil Rights Movement
MB 200 Microbiology and World Affairs
PHI 310 Existentialism
PHI 312 Philosophy of Law
PHI 320 Philosophy of Race
PHI 347 Neuroscience and Philosophy
PS 204 Problems of American Democracy
PS 205 Law and Justice
PS/WGS 306 Gender and Politics in the United States
PS 309 Equality and Justice in United States Law
PS 361 Introduction to Political Theory
PS/AFS 409 Black Political Participation in America
PS/WGS 418 Gender, Law, and Policies
PS 462 Seminar in Political Theory
SOC/WGS 304 Women and Men in Society
SOC/AFS 305 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOC/WGS 407 Sociology of Sexuality
SOC 428 Formal Institutions of Social Control
STS 304 Ethical Dimensions of Progress


  • As soon as you are ready to declare the minor, you should complete and sign the NC State “Declare a Minor” form (available here) and bring it to the department’s Student Services Associate, Ms. Joanna King, in Withers Hall, Room 340.
  • Ms. King will obtain the required departmental signatures and submit the form to Registration and Records on your behalf so that a minor degree audit can be added to your record.
  • You should consult with the Minor Adviser, Dr. Timothy Hinton, during each registration period to ensure that you are making headway toward completing the requirements of the minor.