Minor in Ethics and AI

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-MINOR-ETAI

This minor is designed to equip students to tackle the moral complexity of AI-enabled technologies. It provides students with core competencies for thinking critically about the impact of AI in social and global contexts and allows them to apply their knowledge and skills via case studies, debates, and individual or team projects. The minor seeks to make ethical and social considerations a forethought in the design, development, deployment, and use of AI-related technologies. Given the role of AI-enabled technologies in our increasingly digital society, the minor is of relevance to all Mason students as engaged citizens and offers vital competencies to those planning for careers in such areas as computing and technology, government, public policy, health, law, education, and the media.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

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Required Coursework

Foundation Course
PHIL 241 Foundations of Ethics and AI 3
Core Area 1: Computing and Technology
Students select one from the following: 3
CS 110
Essentials of Computer Science (CS and Applied CS students only)
Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)
Topics in Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Mind
Core Area 2: Ethics
Students select one of the following: 3
CS 306
Synthesis of Ethics and Law for the Computing Professional (Mason Core) (CS and Applied CS students only)
Introduction to Ethics
Theories of Ethics
GOVT 448
Ethics and International Politics
Core Area 3: AI in Society
Students select one of the following: 3
Media and Society
New Media and Democracy
The Digital Past (Mason Core)
Big Data, Technology, and Society
Data Analysis for Comparative and International Politics
GOVT 460
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
IT in the Global Economy
Digital Literacy (Mason Core)
Digital Futures
PHIL 441 Ethics and AI: Practice and Projects 3
Total Credits 15