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Minor Requirements

 

Bioethics is the study of the ethical dimensions inherent in medical and scientific research, the delivery and practice of health care, the training and conduct of clinical providers, and the creation of national and global health policy.  In addition to normative analysis, the study of these important topics requires critical examination of the philosophical underpinnings, history, social and political context, and cultural variables and representations that shape and transform medicine and the life sciences.  Therefore, by its nature, bioethics is an inter-disciplinary field that brings different methodological and conceptual analyses to a core set of concerns that includes: the doctor-patient relationship, the allocation of scarce medical resources, scientific and medical experimentation, reproductive rights, access to healthcare, patient and surrogate decision-making, assisted dying and end-of-life care, genetic engineering and enhancement, conflict of interest, and advances in biotechnology, genetics, reproductive technologies, and neuroscience.

Six courses are required for the bioethics minor.  To become a minor, contact Dr. Ann Greene or Dr. Harald Schmidt, the advisers for the minor. 
NOTE: To get the Bioethics Minor on your transcript (not just on your worksheet) please contact Dr. Greene.

  1. Foundation Requirement

    Students must complete one course in each of three foundation areas:

  2. Content Requirement

    Students must also complete one course in each of three content areas:

    A course may count toward both the foundation and the content requirement, but not for two or more foundation requirements or two or more content requirements

  3. Format Requirement

    One course in the minor must be a seminar course and one course must be a comparative course. Any foundation course and any content course may also fulfill the comparative or seminar requirement.

  4. Interdisciplinary Requirement

    Departments represent different communities. Courses, though cross-listed, have homes in certain departments. Because bioethics is an interdisciplinary field

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