College of Arts and Sciences

School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Minors Offered


The minor in ethics consists of 18 credit hours, of which at least 15 must be from ethics courses within the School of Politics, Philosophy, & Public Affairs, such as:

  • PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 360: Business Ethics
  • PHIL 365: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 370: Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 460: Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 462: Women and Ethics
  • PHIL 470: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 472: Social and Political Philosophy

Three (3) credit hours may, with approval of the department, be from an ethics course in the student's major or in another department.

Nine (9) of the 18 hours must, in accordance with university policies, be in upper-division course work.

Laurie Heustis advises for the ethics minor.


The minor in philosophy consists of 18 hours, at least 9 of which must be in 300- and 400-level courses.

Courses are chosen by the student, in consultation with the school, but will normally include PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy and will always include PHIL 201: Elementary Logic.

Religious Studies

This minor is offered through the General Studies Program, and is coordinated by Dr. Michael Myers and the Philosophy advisor, Laurie Heustis. The minor is Religious Studies consists of 18 credits, 9 of which must be in 300-400 level courses.

Required Courses:

  • HUM 103: Mythology
  • PHIL 207: Philosophy of Religion
  • ENGL 335: The Bibile as Literature

Choose Three of the Follwing:

  • HIST/ASIA 272: Intro Middle Eastern History
  • HIST/ASIA 273: Foundations of Islamic Civilization
  • PHIL/ASIA 314: Philosophies and Religions of India
  • PHIL/ASIA 315: Philosophies and Religions of China and Japan

Political Science

The minor in political science requires 18 hours of course work, to include:

  • POL S 101: American National Government
  • POL S 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL S 103: International Politics

The student must select an additional 9 hours of upper-division political science courses to complete 18 hours. Three (3) hours of POL S 497: Internship or POL S 499: Special Problems may be applied to the minor.

Philosophy Advising

Laurie Heustis
Academic Advisor
Thompson Hall 203A

Political Science Advising

Teresa Woolverton
Academic Advisor
Johnson Tower 827






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