Ethics Minor

Expand Your Educational Experience with a Minor in Ethics

The minor in Interdisciplinary Ethics promotes the study of ethics and morality across disciplinary perspectives and therefore can complement a variety of primary majors. Coursework includes both theoretical and applied ethics and integrates Christian and Catholic perspectives as distinctive of the Loras College mission. Coursework in our ethics minor will study contemporary social ethical concerns, the nature of moral reasoning, historical development in ethical perspectives, distinctive features of the Catholic moral tradition, and the application of ethical norms to various disciplines and fields of study.

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Student Experience

As a Loras student, you have the opportunity to enhance your educational experience by adding one or more minors. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, engage in community outreach, explore internships and get involved in the many student and academic organizations available.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes – Ethics

  1. Demonstrate understanding of major ethical traditions through critical engagement with significant figures, theories, and issues in the history of ethics.
  1. Recognize, assess, and critically engage contemporary ethical issues at the personal, social, and professional levels.
  1. Employ the perspectives and resources of multiple disciplines to reflectively engage concerns and challenges in applied ethics.
  1. Demonstrate understanding of distinctive elements of the Catholic of Moral Tradition and its contributions to contemporary ethical concerns.
  1. Construct clear, cogent, and persuasive ethical arguments.

 

Curriculum

The development of the program curriculum was a collaborative effort from faculty in both the Noonan School of Business and the humanities. It integrates course options from several disciplines while also providing a core centered in critical ethical reasoning and the Catholic moral tradition. The program  responds to both our own sense of mission at Loras college as well as the desires of potential employers who have expressed a need for thoughtful graduates who are trained in ethical reasoning.

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Introductory Course List:

  • Introduction to Philosophy – EI
  • Introduction to Philosophy (J-term) – EC
  • Introduction to Social Welfare – EI
  • Sociology in Action (J-term) – EI
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • From Mortgages to Madoff – EI (submitted)
  • Law/Tech/Informational Privacy – AI
  • Issues in Environmental Biology – ES

Professional Ethics Course List:

  • Marketing Ethics
  • Ethical Considerations in Criminal Justice
  • Teaching for Social Justice
  • Business Ethics – VX
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Communication Ethics – VX
  • Sustainability Ethics – VX
  • Ethics in Sports – VX

Electives Course List:

  • Morals and Money
  • Marketing Ethics
  • Ethical Considerations in Criminal Justice
  • Quest for Ethical Development
  • Global Service Learning (J-term) – VX
  • Gandhi, Interfaith Peacebuilder – VX
  • Sustainability Ethics
  • Business Ethics – VX
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Communication Ethics – VX
  • Jurisprudence
  • Just War and Pacifism – VX
  • American Public Policy
  • Issues in Social Ethics Across Cultures (J-term)
  • Social Justice Practicum
  • Christian Sexual Morality
  • Social Policy Form and Analysis
  • Ethics in Sports – VX
  • Social Inequality in the U.S. – VX

*Additional courses currently in development

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in Ethics:

Students may complete concentrations within the minor through selection of electives and the research or practicum project chosen in the interdisciplinary integrative course. This course consists of directed experiential learning and/or research and a defense. Students will choose two faculty readers in addition to the course instructor. Usually the first reader will be chosen from within a student’s major program of study. The director of the minor will be the primary instructor of the  interdisciplinary integrative course and will oversee all student research and practicum projects.

Requirements for the Minor in Ethics:

Req Introductory Course Cr’s
1 Elective: Introductory Elective 3
Intermediate Courses
2 Catholic Social Teaching-VX 3
3 Elective: Professional Ethics Elective 3
4 Elective Take one course 200+ level Elective 3
5 Foundations of Ethics 3
Interdisciplinary Integrative Course
6 Interdisciplinary Ethics Seminar: Research and Application 3
Prerequisites: L.RST-271: Catholic Social Teaching of L.RST-370/L.PHI-301: Foundations of Ethics. Course is restricted to Junior and Senior students only. 3
18 total required credits

Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.