Bioethics Minor

Minor in Bioethics

The bioethics minor is a multidisciplinary liberal arts minor that provides you with the tools to draw connections between the health sciences and other areas of study, including human development, philosophy, theology, communications, sociology and religious studies.

What is Bioethics?

Bioethics is a field of study in which ethical questions arising in medicine and health care are investigated. Bioethicists study the legal, social and philosophical issues that are generated by practices in the biological sciences, medicine, nursing and health care. Examples of bioethical issues include human subject research, end-of-life care, stem cell research and cloning in humans. There is an increasing demand for students to pursue bioethics careers as medical technology and innovation advances.

What You’ll Learn

You will develop a strong grounding in ethical theory and will be able to apply this knowledge to current moral controversies arising in medicine and health care. You will analyze health care practices from multiple perspectives, and be able to assess them using a variety of methods. You will learn to work successfully in contexts where conflict may arise concerning value judgments, cultural understandings and religious beliefs. You’ll analyze bioethics case studies, current bioethical issues and learn more about bioethics jobs.

Bioethics Careers

This minor is intended for students interested in nursing, health sciences, biology, ethics, health care management, health policy or pastoral care. It is also a valuable credential for students applying to medical school or graduate school in the health professions since it provides a broad and critical understanding of health care practices both domestically and globally.

Bioethics Curriculum

You will need to complete a minimum of 18 credits, with a minimum of five courses chosen from the list below and distributed so that no more than two courses also count toward your major or another minor. The minor is designed so that you can take most of your Liberal Studies Core requirements as part of the program.

A. Required: Choose one science course from the following:
BIO1025: Introduction to Biological Science
BIO1027: Principles of Biology 1
BIO1106: Human Biology
BIO2009: Environmental Science
CHM1110: General Chemistry 1
CHM1210: Chemistry for the Health Professions 1
CHM2037: Introduction to Biochemistry
HSC2300: Introduction to Nutritional Sciences
HSC3302: Introduction to Public Health
HSC3310: Health Behavior and Promotion
(*satisfies STEM)

B. Required: Choose two ethics courses (one from RTS and one from PHL) from the following:
RTS2820: Bioethics & Healthcare
PHL2060: Biomedical Ethics
PHL3060: Justice in Health & Healthcare.
(*satisfies ethics)

C. Required: Choose one social science or history or arts and literature course from the following:
COM4625: Health Communication
COM3625: Health Campaigns
SOC3600: Sociology of Health
HSC3200: Cultural Competence in Healthcare Administration
HSC3250: Social Determinants of Health through Community Engagement
HSC3352: Injustice in Public Health
PHL3560: Bioethical Dramas or THR3560
HIS3380: Science, Technology and Society
THR/PHL3560: Bioethical Dramas
WGS3830: Gender and Global Health.
(*satisfies social science, arts and literature and/or historical studies; permission to take COM courses must be requested from the department chair)

D. Choose one elective course from the list below or choose one course listed under B and C that you haven’t already taken.
(*satisfies additional social science and/or diversity and/or experiential learning)

Elective Courses
COM4531: Intercultural Communications
HDE1000: Introduction to Human Development
HDE1020: Introduction to Human Service
HDE4260: Introduction to Counseling Across the Professions
HSC3103: Global Public Health
HSC3222: Foundations of Health Policy
PHL2040: Political Philosophy
PHL 2030: Contemporary Moral Problems
PHL2500: Theories of Justice
PHL2730: Philosophy of Psychology
PHL2080: Approaches to Ethics
PHL2130: Food Justice
PHL3030: Global Justice
PHL3050: Philosophy of Science
PHL4800: Directed Study
PSY2310: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
RTS2700: Science and Religion
RTS2800: Social Ethics
RTS3650: Death and Dying
RTS 3400: American Catholicism
RTS 4800: Directed Study
RTS 4850: Internship in Religious & Theological Studies
SOC 2000: Social Inequality: Class, Gender and Race
SOC 3850: Sociology of Aging
WGS2010: Introduction to Ethnic Studies

More Information

Erinn Gilson, Faculty Advisor
Sullivan Hall 107G