May 28, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

Ethics Minor

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Requirements for the Ethics Minor

The minor requires 18 hours, 12 of which should be philosophy courses and 9 of which should be at the 300 or 400 level. Students are advised to create thematic unity in their course selection, in consultation with the program director or other faculty connected to the minor. Specifically:

  • A foundational philosophy course in ethics covering basic moral theories and concepts (3 hours)
  • Two additional philosophy courses to be chosen from a wide variety of courses in normative philosophy (6 hours)
  • A course in applied ethics showing how moral deliberation is pivotal to some specific profession or field of human activity (3 hours)
  • Two electives, to be selected from philosophy courses with an ethical focus, or courses with an ethical focus from other disciplines (6 hours)

The program director may approve additional courses as electives, on a semester-by-semester basis, including some courses in political science.

No more than 6 credit hours of the ethics minor may be “double counted” toward any other minor or major.

For details, contact program director Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer or visit

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