Program: Minor in Ethics
The minor in Ethics offers students taking a broad array of majors an opportunity to develop strong skills in ethical reasoning that they can apply to their daily lives as well as their careers. Students may choose among undergraduate courses in ethics that span a wide range of departments and disciplines. Of the 18 units in the minor, at least 8 units must be upper division, with 6 units taken in residence at CSUN. Some electives have additional prerequisites beyond the required courses shown.
(See also: Minor in Business Ethics.)
1. Required Courses (6 units)
Choose one of the following courses:
JS 318 Applied Jewish Ethics (3)
PHIL 165 Today’s Moral Issues (3)
PHIL 240/SUST 240 Environmental Ethics (3)
PHIL 260 Sexual Ethics (3)
PHIL 360 Ethical Theory (3)
PHIL 460 Advanced Ethical Theory (3)
RS 361 Contemporary Ethical Issues (3)
2. Electives (12 units)
Choose from any of the above courses that were not taken to fulfill core requirements, in addition to the following:
AIS 333 American Indian Philosophy (3)
BLAW 368 Law, Business and Ethics (3)
BLAW 372 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Managing Technology (3)
BLAW 374 Business Ethics: Personal Decision Making for Success in Business (3)
CHS 331 Chicana/o Decolonizing Research Methods (3)
CHS 347 Indigenous Intellectual History (3)
CJS 340 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
JOUR 400 Media Law and Ethics (3)
JS 390CS Nonprofit Internship in the Jewish Community (3)
KIN 405 Ethics and Kinesiology (3)
NURS 426 Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics (3)
PHIL 305 Business Ethics and Public Policy (3)
POLS 462 Ethics in Politics and Administration (3)
PSY 455 Ethical, Professional and Legal Standards in Psychology (3)
Some courses in the minor may have additional prerequisites beyond the required courses shown above.
Total Units in the Minor: 18
Co-Director: Jennifer Thompson
Professor, Jewish Studies Program
Co-Director: Kristina Meshelski
Professor, Philosophy Department
Program Learning Outcomes
Students receiving a minor in Ethics will be able to:
- Explain and reflect critically on different ethical theories.
- Articulate a method for identifying ethical issues.
- Apply a method for developing responses to ethical issues.
- Compare and evaluate different responses to ethical issues and identify how different assumptions lead to divergent conclusions.
- Know how to locate information that can help them respond to ethical issues, e.g., professional codes of ethics.