Hiram College

Ethics Minor

Traditional Undergraduate

The ethics minor engages students through the study of ethical theory and moral issues; the development of critical thinking and reflection skills; application in their major areas of study; and service. The minor is designed to enhance any student’s education by enriching awareness of ethical issues, developing abilities to reflect critically and by connecting awareness and reflection to opportunities for action.

Why Consider an Ethics Minor?

The minor is designed to complement your particular major.

Almost all the disciplines we teach have ethical components. Some of them are built into the professions represented (Psychology); some of them are reflective of the trends in contemporary America (Medical Ethics); some of them are the result of long-term reflection on the institutions that direct our culture (economic or political, for example); some reflect on culture and character (art, literature). The Ethics minor enriches your major by helping you to develop the tools to identify and analyze constructively the ethical themes and teaches you how to think about ethics.

While the major defines the subject, the Ethics minor helps ask the next question: “Given the parameters of this discipline, how should I live? How should I act in my world?”

The minor incorporates experiential learning in the form of service learning.

Turn an internship or community service semester into a reflection on ethics by being intentional about critically observing while serving.

The minor allows you to engage in the learning that comes from both on and off campus.

Your capstone ethics experience can be built into a semester abroad, a study-abroad class or an off-campus internship connected to your major or career interest.

The minor is part of good preparation for responsible citizenship.

How will you become part of the constructive process of change in our society through the work that you choose to do? The minor is designed to help you, as Barry Lopez tells us, decide who you are and what there is in life for you to do.

Ethical thought and action are more necessary than ever.

While Ethics has been around for thousands of years, it is more essential than ever in an age of light-speed technological change, commercialism and global challenges.


Colin Anderson Headshot

Colin Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair
Director of Hiram Connect
George and Arlene Foote Chair in Ethics and Values

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