The concentration in ethics and public affairs is designed for professionals who want to combine the study of ethics and the analysis of social and public policies in a variety of settings, including business, health care, biomedical technology, law, or government.
Students pursuing this concentration must successfully complete 30 credits, which may include a thesis. They may choose a course of study that focuses on traditional and contemporary philosophy or choose to complete one of three concentrations. Students need to identify an advisor on entering the program and meet regularly with that advisor during their course of study.
PHIL 600 - Proseminar in Philosophy Credits: 1
One required course (3 credits)
PHIL 640 - History of Ethical Theory Credits: 3
One elective course (3 credits) in the history of philosophy chosen from:
PHIL 602 - Plato: Selected Dialogues Credits: 3
PHIL 603 - Aristotle: Selected Works Credits: 3
PHIL 604 - Augustine and Aquinas Credits: 3
PHIL 605 - Mind-Body Problem in Early Modern Philosophy Credits: 3
PHIL 608 - Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit Credits: 3
PUAD 540 - Public Policy Process Credits: 3
Other courses may be used to fulfill this requirement where appropriate and with prior written approval of the student’s academic advisor.
Students who choose to write a thesis (3 or 6 credits) will take correspondingly fewer electives. Students are encouraged to use courses from around the university in disciplines relevant to their areas of interest, subject to the prior written approval of their academic advisor. A small sample of possible electives outside the Department of Philosophy:
Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PHIL 799, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in the Academic Policies chapter of the catalog.
PHIL 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.