University Catalog 2023-2024

Ethics (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!


Ethical issues arise in every field of human endeavor, so knowledge of ethics is beneficial to students regardless of their major. The Minor in Ethics is designed to expose students in a systematic way to the fundamental theories and concepts of ethics. It is a highly desirable minor because it demonstrates to employers, graduate schools, and professional schools an interest in and knowledge of ethical issues.

In addition to taking a solid core of philosophy courses focusing on ethics, students pursuing the minor may also elect to count towards it one relevant course from another department. This course will be chosen from a list of courses offered by a wide range of other departments including Anthropology, Engineering, Genetics, History, Microbiology, Political Science, and the Science, Technology, & Society Program.

Admissions and Certification

To be certified as having completed the minor in Ethics, students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average across all courses used toward the minor. In both instances, students can complete the necessary forms online. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. Certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. Go to Add a Minor to apply.

Contact Persons

Dr. Timothy Hinton
Minor Advisor
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Withers Hall 456

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Withers Hall 340

SIS code:  16ETHM

Plan Requirements

  • The minor consists of 15 hours of credit (5 courses) including 6 hours of required courses and 9 hours of elective courses.
  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better will be required for all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards departmental major requirements and/or requirements for additional minor(s).

The department will determine whether courses which have been transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two courses from other institutions may count toward the minor.

Required Courses
Select two of the following:6
History of Ethics
Ethical Theory
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Issues in Business Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
Data Ethics
Political Philosophy
Ethical Problems in the Law
Bio-Medical Ethics
History of Ethics
Global Justice
Ethical Theory
Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
Select one of the following or from the electives above:3
Language and Gender
Genetics in Human Affairs
History of the Civil Rights Movement
Managing Ethics in Organizations
The Fourth Horseman: Plagues that Changed the World
Philosophy of Law
Black Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Race
Neuroscience and Philosophy
Problems of American Democracy
Gender and Politics in the United States
Equality and Justice in United States Law
Introduction to Political Theory
Black Political Participation in America
Gender Law and Policies
Seminar in Political Theory
Gender and Society
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Sexualities
Formal Institutions of Social Control
Ethical Dimensions of Progress
Total Hours15