Hiram College

Ethics Minor

Traditional Undergraduate


Students pursuing a minor in ethics focus on ethical theory and moral issues to develop their critical thinking and reflection skills. Most importantly, they learn to apply these skills to their major area of study and to service opportunities beyond the classroom. The ethics minor is designed to enhance each student’s education by enriching their awareness of ethical issues and by connecting their awareness to opportunities for action.


A minor in ethics allows you to…

Complement your particular major.

Almost all the disciplines we teach have ethical components.

  • Some of them are built into the professions they represent (psychology).
  • Some of them reflect important 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 of them reflect on culture and character (art, literature).

The ethics minor enriches your major by helping you develop the tools to identify and analyze ethical themes. These tools will teach you how to think about ethics.

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

Get valuable experience through service learning.

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

Learn both on and off campus.

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

Prepare 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 in ethics is designed, as Barry Lopez tells us, to help you decide who you are and what there is in life for you to do.

Learn that 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. Learn how a minor in ethics can help you after Hiram.

Colin Anderson Headshot

Colin Anderson, Ph.D.

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

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