Throughout history, notions of the good have been a central concern for individuals
and societies. Although both philosophy and religion have traditionally been the
disciplines which study ethics, ethical questions arise in the whole of human life,
and every academic area is to some extent concerned with such questions. Fourteen
departments or programs of the college presently offer courses approved in this
minor. These courses pursue an understanding and critical examination of ethical
notions, arguments, practices, decisions, and decision-making as they investigate
various subject matters .
The aim of the ethics minor is consonant with the purpose of the college: "to develop
the mind and character of the students" and to prepare them "to meet life's challenges
with . . . ethical awareness." It does this by offering
courses in different disciplines which cultivate students' understanding
and judgment about often complex issues of right and wrong.
The minor consists of five courses: two foundation courses and three electives.
Students must take one foundation course in Philosophy (PHIL 212) and one in Religious
Studies (RELS 235 or 237). Students are encouraged to take one or both foundation
courses before taking electives in the minor. If a student takes both RELS 235 and
237, one will count as a foundation course and the other as an elective. No more
than three courses from a single department may count toward the minor. The foundation
courses also count toward the AOK Civilizations requirement.
For more information please contact:
E. Harold Breitenberg, Jr.
Director of the Ethics minor
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005-5505