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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.

  • 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 201
    WESTERN CHRISTIAN ETHICS
    REL 202
    ETHICAL WORLDS: MORAL ISSUES ACROSS CULTURES
    REL 205
    RELIGION AND ETHICS
    Health Science
    Select one of the following:4
    HLTH 201
    INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE
    HLTH 329
    HEALTH HUMANITIES
    HLTH 341
    DEATH AND DYING
    Sociology
    Select one of the following:4
    SOC 221
    INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
    SOC 223
    SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
    SOC 235
    SOCIOLOGY OF YOUTH HEALTH
    SOC 236
    IMMIGRATION, HEALTH AND ILLNESS
    SOC 351
    HEALTH DISPARITIES
    SOC 353
    SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS
    SOC 365
    HEALTH AND GLOBALIZATION
    SOC 370
    SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD, IDENTITY, AND INEQUALITY
    SOC 373
    PUBLIC HEALTH AND HIGH RISK BEHAVIOR

Note: Other courses may be substituted for those listed here at the discretion of the Director 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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