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Bioethics and Society (Minor)

​​​​​​The Minor in Bioethics and Society offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the various moral, social, political, and conceptual issues that arise at the ever changing intersection of the life sciences, health, and society.

Course Requirements

The minor requires students to take a total of six courses (24 quarter hours):

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following foundational bioethics courses:4
HLTH 229
ETHICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES
PHL 229
BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
REL 229
MEDICINE, ETHICS AND SOCIETY
Note: Only one of these courses may be counted towards satisfaction of the requirement for the minor.

Note: Only one of these courses may be counted towards satisfaction of the requirement for the minor.

Students must take a total of four courses, in addition to the foundational bioethics course, in accordance with the following distribution:  

Course Title Quarter Hours
Ethical Theory
Select one of the following:4
NEU 228
NEUROETHICS
PHL 200
ETHICAL THEORIES
PHL 206
TOPICS AND CONTROVERSIES
PHL 208
WHAT IS A PERSON?
PHL 228
NEUROETHICS
PHL 230
CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN ETHICS
PHL 241
ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY
PHL 314
SURVEY OF ETHICS
Religious Ethics
Select one of the following:4
REL 227
RELIGIOUS ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE
REL 251
THE IDEA OF "EVIL
REL 252
FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION
REL 253
DESPAIR AND HOPE
REL 257
DEATH AND ITS BEYOND: EXPERIENCE, MYTH AND RITUALS
Health Sciences
Select one of the following:4
HLTH 200
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH SCIENCES
HLTH 329
HEALTH HUMANITIES
HLTH 341
DEATH AND DYING
Social Sciences
Select one of the following:4
ANT 272
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT 360
ISSUES IN GLOBAL HEALTH
ANT 361
GLOBAL ISSUES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
ANT 362
GLOBAL HISTORY OF HEALTH
SOC 221
INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
SOC 321
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
SOC 353
SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS
SOC 373
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HIGH RISK BEHAVIOR

Note: Other courses may be substituted for those listed here at the discretion of the Director(s) of the minor if the focus of the specific class is deemed appropriate to satisfy the distribution requirements of the minor.

  • Finally, students must take the minor capstone course:
    • PHL 339/HLTH 339 
      Students seeking to enroll in PHL 339/HLTH 339 must have successfully completed one of the following courses:
      • PHL 229
      • HLTH 229
      • REL 229
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