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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

Ethics Minor Requirements

Six courses are required for the Ethics Minor. These courses may not count toward a student’s major or another minor. Students must sign up for the minor no later than the third term prior to graduation. The Ethics Minor has three components:

Ethics Minor

The Ethics Institute at Dartmouth coordinates the Ethics Minor, which is open to students from all majors who seek a coherent program of study in the field of applied and professional ethics.  The minor is designed to enhance the formal ethics education of students interested in medicine, law, journalism, government or other professional areas.  It also provides an opportunity for sustained study of specific ethical issues, such as ethics and the environment, or research ethics.  An up-to-date list of Ethics Minor courses is available at:

Six courses are required for the Ethics Minor.  These courses may not count toward a student's major or another minor.  Students must sign up for the minor no later than the third term prior to graduation.  The Ethics Minor has three components. 

    I. Prerequisite: Two courses conveying basic ethical theory. Options include:

    GOVT 6Political Ideas

    GOVT 60.01Ethics, Everyday Life and Law

    PHIL 8Introduction to Moral Philosophy

    PHIL 9Applied Ethics

    PHIL 37Ethical Theory

    II. Three additional courses that form a coherent cluster or focus on an issue in or approach to applied and professional ethics. Among possible clusters are "Ethics in Biomedicine"; "Ethics, Law and Society"; or "Ethics and Public Policy." Other clusters are also possible. Students will identify an appropriate cluster in consultation with and with the approval of the Director of the Minor. Courses currently available for the minor:

    For PHIL 50.xx (suitable topics in PHIL 50.xx can satisfy course requirements if approved by the Director.)

    For PHIL 80.xx (suitable topics in PHIL 80.xx can satisfy course requirements if approved by the Director.)


    ANTH 12.03/AAAS 88.08The Ethnography of Violence

    ANTH 13/CLST 11.09Who Owns the Past?

    ANTH 14Death and Dying

    ANTH 15Political Anthropology

    ANTH 16/PBPL 81.07Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law and Society

    ANTH 17The Anthropology of Health and Illness

    ANTH 18Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

    ANTH 26/WGSS 61.05Gender and Global Health

    ANTH 31/WGSS 36.01Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

    ANTH 45Asian Medical Systems

    ANTH 48/REL 19.18From the Sacred to Salvation: The Place of Religion in Human Societies

    ANTH 55Anthropology of Global Health

    ANTH 56Introduction to Research Methods in Medical Anthropology

    ANTH 61Women and Madness

    BIOL 10Seeing Nature: How Aristotle and Darwin understood nature and human society

    CLST 3Reason and the Good Life: Socrates to Epictetus

    EDUC 20Educational Issues Contemporary Society

    EDUC 62Adolescent Development and Education

    ENGL 6Narrative Journalism: Literature and Practice

    ENGS 5Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century

    ENGS 80Ethics and Engineering

    GEOG 6/INTS 16Introduction to International Development

    GEOG 11Qualitative Methods and the Research Process in Geography

    GEOG 13Population, Culture, and Environment

    GEOG 15Food and Power

    GEOG 16Moral Economies of Development

    GEOG 25/SOCY 49.22/WGSS 37.03Social Justice and the City

    GERM 13Beyond Good and Evil

    GOVT 50.05Human Rights and International Relations

    GOVT 60.03Wittgenstein and Political Thought

    GOVT 60.04/PBPL 42Ethics and Public Policy

    GOVT 61Jurisprudence

    GOVT 62Theorizing Free Speech

    GOVT 63Origins of Political Thought: Render unto God or unto Caesar?

    GOVT 64.01Liberalism and Its Critics

    GOVT 64.02Modern Political Thought

    GOVT 65American Political Thought

    GOVT 66.02Constitutional Law, Development, and Theory

    GOVT 67Civil Liberties Legal and Normative Approaches

    GOVT 86.01Multiculturalism

    GOVT 86.07Morality of Capitalism

    GOVT 86.18Contemporary Readings on Justice

    GOVT 86.27Ethics of the Family

    GOVT 86.30/PHIL 50.21Current Research in Social/Political Philosophy

    HIST 14/NAS 14The Invasion of America: American Indian History, Pre-Contact to 1800

    LACS 20The Politics and Ethics of Development in Latin America: The Nicaraguan Context

    LACS 23Testimonial and Truth in Latin America

    PBPL 42/GOVT 60.04Ethics and Public Policy

    PHIL 1Introduction to Philosophical Topics

    PHIL 1.02Existentialist Ethics

    PHIL 4/WGSS 46.01Philosophy and Gender

    PHIL 5Philosophy and Medicine

    PHIL 9.01Reproductive Ethics

    PHIL 9.02Environmental Ethics

    PHIL 9.04Topics in Applied Ethics: The Ethics of Food Choice and Food Policy

    PHIL 9.06Friends, Lovers, and Comrades: Ethical Issues of Special Relationships

    PHIL 9.07Ethics of Freedom, Paternalism, and Intervention

    PHIL 23.01Ethics and the Arts

    PHIL 24Law and Philosophy

    PHIL 38Social and Political Philosophy

    REL 11Religion and Morality

    REL 35Religion and Science

    REL 65Sports, Ethics & Religion

    RUSS 35Dostoevsky and the Problem of Evil

    RUSS 36The Seer of the Flesh": Tolstoy's Art and Thought

    SOCY 26Capitalism, Prosperity and Crisis

    SOCY 49.22/GEOG 25/WGSS 37.03Social Justice and the City

    SOCY 63Trust in Society

    WGSS 7First-Year Seminar in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    III. A senior culminating project

    This involves an independent study project with a faculty member offering a course or courses in the Ethics Minor (or other approved faculty member) on a topic related to the student’s course cluster. The culminating project will normally involve a substantial paper (20—25 pages in length) on a topic related to the student’s cluster courses.
    PHIL 86Research in Philosophy for the Ethics Minor