Philosophy: Ethics Specialization
Bachelor of Arts
An undergraduate major in philosophy prepares students for careers in law, government, and commerce, and ethical specialists are in growing demand around the globe.
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.
Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.
- PHIL 220: Philosophy of Happiness - This course will ask what happiness is and critically examine the major answers to this question. Discussions will include philosophical tradition of thinking about happiness, contemporary answers, and recent work in the social sciences. It will also examine contributions towards discovering the meaning of happiness.
- PHIL 321: Medical Ethics - This course will discuss ethical issues that arise in relation to medicine and health care. Examples of issues covered are abortion, euthanasia, the allocation of scarce medical resources, socialized medicine, doctor-patient confidentiality, paternalism, etc.
- PHIL 346: Minds, Brains, and Computers - This course is an introduction to cognitive science. Students will be challenged to think about current issues relating to minds as computers, neuroscience, vision and language.