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Practical Ethics minors

The study of ethics provides you with a thorough grounding in philosophical thinking and a complementary credential to any program. You can choose courses tailored to your major or specific area of study.

Program Overview

You may choose one of the following minors: Ethics, Culture, and Society; Health Care Ethics; or STEM Ethics. A minimum of 18 credits are required:

  • PHI 102 - Ethics
  • PHI 460 - Rights, Duties, and the Meaning of Life: Moral Philosophy
  • Four electives, two of which must be 300- or 400- level upper division courses

See gvsu.edu/catalog for course descriptions and details.

Why Study Ethics at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty members are published scholars and researchers who are deeply committed to undergraduate philosophy education.
  • The Undergraduate Teaching Apprentice Program, China Summer School, Philosophy Colloquium/Speakers Series, and the Philosophical Society of GVSU offer out-of-classroom opportunities.
  • A grounding in philosophical thinking, especially thinking about ethics and value, is of significant personal, practical, and professional value to students pursuing many different major programs.
  • All courses of study and career paths have an ethical component. Minoring in ethics provides every student with valuable life-knowledge and skills, and an important additional qualification.
  • Students can choose courses tailored to their specific area of study.

Ethics, Culture, and Society

The Ethics, Culture, and Society minor explores at its core the values of people within a community. Electives further delve into the topics of logic, philosophy, human nature, democracy, and death and dying.

There are 15 different courses to choose from to fulfill the four-course elective requirement, see catalog for details.

Health Care Ethics

The Health Care Ethics minor is for those pursuing careers in health professions. Electives explore health, philosophy, professional life, liberty and justice, and death and dying.

There are 16 different courses to choose from to fulfill the four-course elective requirement, see catalog for details.

STEM Ethics

The STEM Ethics minor is tailored for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors. Electives explore logic, philosophy, digital culture, ethics of science, and epistemology.

There are 15 different courses to choose from to fulfill the four-course elective requirement, see catalog for details.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Formats:

For More Information

Department of Philosophy

gvsu.edu/philosophy
B-3-105 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2114

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions