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Philosophy: Ethics Specialization

Bachelor of Arts

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

Philosophy is the study of ideas and issues, in which questions are approached through reflection and analysis, and also through interdisciplinary experimentation with fields like psychology and cognitive science. All academic disciplines are built upon ideas of interest to philosophers, including the nature of the mind and the relationship between mental states and brain states, the distinction between true belief and knowledge, the rules of valid argument, and the basis for the distinctions between right and wrong. Students find study in the discipline provides insight into life's fundamental concerns and helps develop a capacity for clear thinking and perceptive judgment. Ethics specialists are in high demand as moral problems have become more complex due to the globalization of business, fast-changing government policies and law, environmental concerns, challenges in health care, and the explosive growth in digital technology.

This College of Social and Behavioral Sciences major requires a minor (or double major).

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

PHIL 220: Philosophy of Happiness
PHIL 321: Medical Ethics
PHIL 324: Law and Morality
PHIL 346: Minds, Brains, and Computers



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy: Ethics Specialization will build core skills, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Counseling
  • Critical thinking
  • Debate
  • Education
  • Litigation
  • Problem solving
  • Writing