BA in Philosophy - Concentration in Ethics

Any student with a declared philosophy major is eligible for the concentration in ethics.

Program Requirements

The major requires a minimum of 27 total credit hours of philosophy courses, at least 15 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. For the concentration in ethics, students must complete 12 credit hours of ethics courses, which must include at least one ethical theory course and at least one applied ethics course. Approved ethical theory and applied ethics courses are listed below.

Each philosophy major must meet with a departmental advisor at least once a semester to plan or review a program of study. These programs are designed in terms of the individual student’s interests and future plans. Up to 12 credit hours of philosophy courses taken before the decision to major in philosophy may count toward a major. Additional credit hours may be counted with the advisor’s consent.

Course Title Hours
Ethical Theory Courses
PHIL 144Moral Issues3
PHIL 341Contemporary Ethics3
PHIL 342History of Ethics3
PHIL 350Ancient Chinese Philosophy3
PHIL 360Ethical Theory3
PHIL 361Metaethics3
Applied Ethics Courses
PHIL 306Business Ethics3
PHIL 327Bioethics3
PHIL 354Ethics and Computers3
PHIL 385Engineering Ethics3
PHIL 526Ethics of Big Data3
PHIL 530Ethics of Space Exploration3
PHIL 590ADEnvironmental Ethics3

The department chair or undergraduate coordinator may approve transfer courses or independent study, e.g. 699 Directed Readings, to count towards the concentration in ethics. 

Students have several options for completing the applied learning requirement. See below.

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with a concentration in ethics program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing the following program course requirements:

Select one item from list A, or three items from list B.

A. Substantive Experiences (one item from this list)

  • Publish an article in an undergraduate philosophy journal.
  • Edit or referee submissions for an undergraduate philosophy journal.
  • Give a paper or serve as commentator for a paper at an undergraduate philosophy conference.
  • Give a poster presentation at an undergraduate philosophy conference.
  • Give a paper or poster presentation at URCAF.
  • Take a Directed Readings or Honors option which involves original research or scholarship.
  • Internship or co-op experience.
  • Serve as logic/critical reasoning tutor.
  • Serve as an officer in the Philosophy Society (PS), the Prelaw Student Association (PLSA) or the SGA.

B. Less Substantive Experiences1 (three items from this list)

  • Attend lecture of visiting speaker (in philosophy).
  • Attend philosophy seminar given by visiting speaker.
  • Attend on-campus session of the Kansas Appellate Court.
  • Attend on-campus presentation by law school.
  • Participate in visits to regional law schools organized by the PLSA.
  • Attend an undergraduate or professional philosophy conference.
  • Participate in activities of the PS or PLSA.
  • Participate in philosophical discussions on social media organized by the PS.