Minor in Applied Ethics and Critical Thinking

The minor in Applied Ethics and Critical Thinking departs significantly from tradition. Rather than a concentration of content in a specific discipline, it provides students with a cross-disciplinary intellectual experience. The courses constituting the minor are designed to foster evaluation of competing discourses surrounding complex societal issues through various disciplinary lenses. To give a more concrete example of what this means, a student might complete a Philosophy course focused on racial disparities in environmental policy, an English course focused on literary treatments of economic inequality, and a Sociology course focused on water scarcity. Thus, the student would have the opportunity to think critically about three distinct, ethically fraught issues in three disciplinary milieus.

The courses in the minor may be focused on disparate topics and discourses, but they are united in their method of instruction, which is uniquely suited to serving the minor’s aim. This minor is comprised of courses that incorporate Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) on the Ethics, Western Civilization, and American Traditions (EWCAT) model. Each course in the sequence is designed to encourage student ownership of learning and engagement with original texts. EWCAT courses are currently taught in various departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS).

Minor in Applied Ethics and Critical Thinking
Required Courses
THNK 3333Foundations of Inquiry3
THNK 4396Capstone Seminar3
Prescribed Electives
Four additional EWCAT courses 112
Total Hours18

EWCAT courses, choose from the following:

EWCAT Courses
ENGL 1301Composition I3
ENGL 1302Composition II3
ENGL 2332World Literature I: Before the 17th Century3
ENGL 2333World Literature II: From the 17th Century and After3
ENGL 3334Literature and Film3
ENGL 3338Studies in Multicultural Literature3
ENGL 3391Studies in Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories3
HIST 1301United States History to 18763
HIST 1302United States History Since 18763
HIST 2311World History to 15003
HIST 2312World History since 15003
HIST 3369The World In The 20Th Century3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2303Critical Thinking3
PHIL 2306Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHIL 4333Bioethics3
PHIL 4363Ethical Theories3
PHIL 4371Death and Dying3
POLS 2305American Government3
POLS 3373Ideologies and Democracy3
POLS 3377Survey of Political Theory3
POLS 3378American Political Thought3
PSYC 3381Social Psychology3
PSYC 3383Psychology And The Law3
PSYC 4334Applied Social Psychology3
SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 2319Introduction To Ethnic Studies3
SOCI 3324Social Inequality3
SOCI 3376Rural And Urban Sociology3