The ethics concentration is designed to give students a richer understanding of systematic philosophical thinking about ethics. Students planning to pursue legal careers, among others, may well find that training in ethics is beneficial to their career goals. The concentration permits some flexibility regarding course selection, thereby facilitating particular student interests.



  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum of 6 upper division hours must be completed in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum of 9 of the 18 credit hours in this certificate must be completed at ASU.
  • * Prerequisite(s): ENG 102 (or ENG 105 or 108) with C or better; minimum 25 hours.


Core 3 Hours Required

PHI 337 / 305 Ethical Theory, HU (3)*

PHI 335 / 338 History of Ethics, HU (3)*

Electives 15 Hours Required
Choose elective courses from the following:
Select in consultation with an advisor.

PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics, HU (3)

PHI 304 Existentialism, HU (3)

PHI 306 Applied Ethics, HU (3)

PHI 307 Philosophy of Law, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 earned hours)

PHI 310 Environmental Ethics, HU (3)

PHI 320 Bioethics, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours. Credit is allowed for only BIO 312 or IAS 340 or PHI 320)

PHI 335 History of Ethics, HU (3)*

PHI 336 / 309 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3)*

PHI 337 / 305 Ethical Theory, HU (3)*

PHI 338 Metaethics (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours.)

PHI 360 Business and Professional Ethics, HU (3)* Credit is allowed for only PHI 338 or PHI 420 (Metaethics)

PHI 408 Feminist Ethics, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 earned hours. Credit is allowed for only IAS 408 or PHI 408)

PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy (with a focus on ethics) [*ETHICS*] (3) (Prerequisites: Undergraduate Philosophy student; min 56 hours)


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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