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The religion and philosophy departments offer a jointly administered minor in ethics. The minor is especially suitable for students majoring in business, education, the health fields or law, or any other field related to serving the public.

The minor draws upon course offerings in both departments, giving students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary study of ethics. The minor is open to all Augustana students.

Requirements for completing the minor are 21 credits, including a minimum seven core courses in religion and philosophy.

Who should study ethics?

To study ethics is to study right and wrong, good and bad — with a special emphasis on the reasons for making such judgments.

Sometimes this takes the form of reflection (what makes “good” good?), and sometimes it takes the form of practical decision-making (should I cheat on this exam?). Sometimes ethics is about group decisions or the political sphere (should abortion be legal?) and sometimes it’s about individual character (how can I be more brave?)

In ethics classes, we rarely determine the answers to questions of right and wrong, but we always raise intriguing questions that can help you understand the moral dimensions of your personal and professional life.

Anyone in any field and any career path can benefit from studies that foster well-reasoned thinking and good citizenship. Careful reasoning about right and wrong in general, and about ethical issues in particular, is an important aspect of a liberal arts education. Augustana is one of a very few colleges in the Midwest to offer a program in ethics.


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