Minor in Ethics and AI

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

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
Essentials of Computer Science (Mason Core) (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
Synthesis of Ethics and Law for the Computing Professional (Mason Core) (CS and Applied CS students only)  
Introduction to Ethics  
Theories of Ethics  
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  
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