‚ÄčThe Department of Philosophy and Religion, in addition to majors and minors in both philosophy and religion, offers a specialized minor preparing students to think critically and responsibly about ethical issues we face in life, work, and citizenship in a global society.

All members of the philosophy faculty at CMU serve as advisors for this minor.  To learn more about how this minor fits into your academic plans and goals, please talk with one of your professors or contact the philosophy program coordinator.

Ethics, Values, and Society Minor

Core Courses I (9 hours)

PHL 118 - Moral Problems 3(3-0)
PHL 218 - Ethical Theories 3(3-0)
REL 235 - Religion and Social Issues 3(3-0)

Required Courses I (3 hours)

Advanced Value Theory 
Select from the following:
PHL 410 - Philosophy of Law 3(3-0)
PHL 418 - Advanced Moral Philosophy 3(3-0)
PHL 422 - Political and Social Philosophy 3(3-0)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Applied Value Theory 
Select from the following:
PHL 318 - Business Ethics 3(3-0)
PHL 328 - Animal Ethics 3(3-0)
PHL 480 - Philosophy of the Arts 3(3-0)
PHL 518 - Professional Ethics 3(3-0)
REL 334 - Death and Dying 3(3-0)

Required Courses III (1-6 hours)

Capstone Experience 
During or after the semester in which all other required and elective courses for the minor are completed, the student will arrange an independent study for at least one credit hour. Topic and format will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the student, but may include a research project which integrates material from across the minor or which applies material from the minor to the student's chosen field, a service learning project, or an internship experience.
PHL 498 - Independent Research 1-6(Spec)

Electives (6 hours)

Select two of the following courses. At least one course must be from a designator other than PHL or REL. (PHL 318 and PHL 422 may not be counted as electives if they were taken as required courses.)
ANT 365 - Current American Indian Issues 3(3-0)
BLR 222 - The Search for Racial Justice through Law 3(3-0)
BLR 310 - Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business 3(3-0)
CGL 145 - Racism and Discrimination in America through Dialogue 3(3-0)
HST 326/WGS 328 - Women in America 3(3-0)
PHL 318 - Business Ethics 3(3-0)
PHL 345/REL 345/PSC 325/SOC 345 - The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)
PHL 422 - Political and Social Philosophy 3(3-0)
PHL 426/WGS 426/PSC 426 - Feminist Theory 3(3-0)
PSC 326/WGS 326 - Women and Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 375 - Modern Ideologies 3(3-0)
PSC 378 - Modern Democratic Theory 3(3-0)
PSC 422 - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 3(3-0)
PSY 334/WGS 334 - Psychology of Women 3(3-0)
REL 140 - Religion, Race and Discrimination in America 3(3-0)
REL 207/WGS 207 - Women in Religion 3(3-0)
SOC 221 - Social Problems 3(3-0)
SOC 302 - Social Inequality 3(3-0)
SOC 317/WGS 317 - Sociology of Sex and Gender 3(3-0)
SOC 323 - Racism and Inequality 3(3-0)

Note: Students who are also taking either a major or minor in Philosophy may only double count PHL 218 and one 400-level PHL course.
Total: 22-27 semester hours