Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Minor in Ethics and Moral Philosophy

Ethics is a central area of human concern and human inquiry. A special concern with ethics and human values is one of things that defines Loyola University Chicago and the Jesuit Tradition. Philosophy and philosophical treatments of ethics and ethical theory are foundational for the critical discussion of ethical issues in other fields. The Minor in Ethics and Moral Philosophy can prove to be a significant credential for some students, both for finding employment and for admission to graduate or professional school, as there is increasing attention to the study of ethics in professional schools.

Minor Requirements

For this minor a student must take six courses in ethics. At least four of these six courses must be taken from the Philosophy Department, and at least two of them must be at the 300-level.

As many as two ethics courses can be taken outside of the Philosophy Department. Philosophy Majors cannot receive the Minor in Ethics and Moral Philosophy.

Double-Dipping Policy

  1. Students may not major and minor in the same discipline.
  2. Majors: Not less than 21 credit hours in the individual student’s transcript must be unique to each major; that is, the courses in question are considered as actually fulfilling requirements of one major, not of more than one major.
  3. Minors and interdisciplinary minors: not less than 8 credit hours in the individual student’s transcript must be unique to each minor; that is, the courses in question are considered as actually fulfilling requirements of one minor, not of more than one minor or major.
  4. General exceptions to Rules 2 and 3 will be made if approved by the chairs/directors of the department(s)/program(s) housing each affected major and minor. A list of standing general exceptions will be maintained by the Dean's office.
  5. Individual student exceptions may be made in appropriate cases by department chairs and program directors.
  6. Departments and Programs may enforce stricter double-dipping policies than those stated above, which also should be provided to the Dean’s Office.

Course Offerings

All sections of any the following courses count for the Minor in Ethics and Moral Philosophy:

  • Communication 217: Ethics and Communication
  • Criminal Justice 350: Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • Philosophy 181: Ethics
  • Philosophy 182: Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy 284: Health Care Ethics
  • Philosophy 285: Business Ethics
  • Philosophy 286: Ethics and Education
  • Philosophy 288: Culture and Civilization
  • Philosophy 289: Philosophy and Gender
  • Philosophy 321: Ethics and Society
  • Philosophy 323: Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy 324: Topics in Ethics
  • Philosophy 369: Philosophy of Medicine
  • Philosophy 385: Environmental Ethics
  • Philosophy 388: History of Ethics
  • Political Science 341: Political Ethics and Public Service
  • Theology 192: Moral Problems
  • Theology 194: Social and Economic Christian Thought
  • Theology 340: Foundations of Christian Morality
  • Theology 342: Perspectives on Life and Death
  • Theology 344: Theology and Ecology

Note that, in addition to the courses listed above, individual sections of courses that are not on this list but which are taught as ethics classes can count towards the minor on a case by case basis. For example, some sections of topics courses, such as Phil 389 and Phil 398, can count towards the minor, provided such courses are ethics courses. Also, two or more sections of one topics in ethics course, such as Phil 324, can count towards the minor, if those sections are different ethics courses.

Note also that a student can incorporate the courses taken for the Core Curriculum into this minor, in such a way that only some additional courses are needed to complete this minor. For example, a student can take two Core philosophy area courses in ethics and one Core theology area course in ethics. That student would then take three additional ethics courses (of which two are from Philosophy at the 300-level) in order to receive the Minor in Ethics and Moral Philosophy. This feature can be useful in planning the courses for one's minor.

For more information about this minor program, contact the Philosophy Undergraduate Program Director Brandon Morgan-Olsen.