Who are Hiram’s Ethics minor Students?
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. They may choose to major or double minor in International Studies; Political Science; Philosophy; Biomedical Humanities; Crime, Law & Justice; Environmental Studies; or one of the other programs that Hiram has to offer.
Why Minor in Ethics?
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.
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. The Ethics minor asks this question: “Given the parameters of this discipline, how should I live? How should I act in my world?”