Ethics and Society B.A. Degree Major

Departmental Affiliation: Philosophy

A student majoring in Ethics & Society focuses on three major components. The first is ethical frameworks, which sets the foundation while allowing students to emphasize a specific area of applied ethics (such as Medical Ethics or Business Ethics). The second is philosophical frameworks, which provides the analytical tools that strengthen critical thinking skills needed for academic and professional success. The last component is society and values, which develops the ability to apply ethical frameworks to subject areas and real-word cases involving ethical dilemmas and problem solving. The internship or practicum provides the student with the experience of putting all this to work so they can go on to graduate study and/or a career where ethics is at center stage.

Courses Required for a B.A. Degree in Ethics & Society

A program for those interested in pursuing graduate study in any area of Applied Ethics and/or a career in such fields as Bioethics, Nursing Ethics, Business Ethics, Journalism Ethics, Media Ethics, Global Justice, or Environmental Ethics. The following are required:

A. Ethical Frameworks—Four courses from area A —(12 units)

B. Philosophical Frameworks—Two courses from area B—(6 units)

C. Society and Values—Two courses from area C—(6 units)

D. Elective—One additional course from areas A, B, & C—(3 units)

E. Internship/Practicum—(3 units)

Total: 30 units

Ethics & Society B.A. Degree

Required courses (See course descriptions in the Philosophy course listings in the catalog).

Lower Division (6 units)
One course from each of the following groups:

1. Analytical Skills--one of:

PHI 5

Introduction to Logic

(3)

PHI 10

Critical Thinking

(3)

 

 

 

2. Moral & Philosophical Reasoning Skills--at least one of:

PHI 15

Introduction to Philosophy

(3)

PHI 16

Philosophy through Popular Culture

(3)

PHI 21

Moral Values

(3)

PHI 24

Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

(3)

PHI 92

Business Ethics

(3)

Upper Division
Ten (10) upper division courses are required for the major.
Select from each of the following categories below.

A. Ethical Frameworks (12 units). Any four of:

PHI 156

Media Ethics

(3)

PHI 166

Nursing Ethics

(3)

PHI 167

Ethics and Film

(3)

PHI 167A

Contemporary Moral Problems

(3)

PHI 168B

Bioethics

(3)

PHI 168C

Environmental Ethics

(3)

PHI 192

Business Ethics

(3)

B. Philosophical Frameworks (6 units). Two of:

PHI 150

Metaphysics

(3)

PHI 152

Theory of Knowledge

(3)

PHI 155

Symbolic Knowledge

(3)

PHI 158

Scientific Method

(3)

PHI 165

Philosophy of Law

(3)

C. Society & Values (6 units). Two of:

PHI 169

Philosophy of Technology

(3)

PHI 170

Social & Political Philosophy

(3)

PHI 174

Philosophy of Art

(3)

PHI 175

Philosophy of Film

(3)

PHI 179

Women & Values

(3)

PHI 193

Global Business Ethics

(3)

D. Elective (3 units)

One course from categories A-C, above.

(3)

E. Internship/Practicum* (3 units)

PHI 198

Internship/Practicum

(3)

Total Units: 40 units (30 units upper division)

*The internship could be on or off-campus; it must be approved by the major advisor or the Philosophy Department Chair.


Recommended: Another major with an emphasis in Nursing Ethics or Bioethics is encouraged to take at least one upper division Health Care Policy or a Religious Studies Ethics course.

Ethics & Society Major Four-Year Plan

(General Studies classes and any double major or minor would be added in)

FIRST YEAR

 

Fall

 

 

PHI 5

or

PHI 10

Intro to Logic

 

Critical Thinking

 

 

Spring

 

 

PHI 15

or

PHI 16

PHI 21

Intro Philosophy

 

Philosophy through Culture

Moral Values

 

 

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

 

Fall

 

 

PHI 24

Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle

 

Course from Category A (Applied Ethics)

 

 

 

 

Spring

 

Course from Category A (Applied Ethics)

 

Course from Category C (Society & Values)

 

 

 

JUNIOR YEAR

 

Fall

 

Course from Category A (Applied Ethics)

 

Course from Category B (Philos. Frameworks)

 

 

 

 

Spring

 

Course from Category A (Applied Ethics)

 

Elective

 

 

 

SENIOR YEAR

 

Fall

 

Course from Category B (Philos. Frameworks)

 

Internship

 

 

 

 

Spring

 

Course from Category C (Society & Values)

 

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