The Bioethics Minor offers students across all majors tools of interdisciplinary analysis
to critically evaluate the goals of medicine, explore the moral responsibility of science
and discern the relevance of public debate in a democratic society.
We seek to create a scholarly community of professors and students who contribute to the life of the Institute, as well as the University. Our goal is to facilitate faculty and student intellectual growth and professional development as they engage in contemporary issues in bioethics.
We have three specific goals for students in this minor. The first (1) is to equip them with a foundational understanding of bioethics which includes substantive knowledge of the subject matter as well as strategies for making interdisciplinary connections. In addition, (2) we nurture the critical thinking, writing and research skills that are necessary to approach complex questions at the intersection of science, medicine, and ethics. Finally, (3) we encourage ethical engagement as citizens with a shared sense of responsibility for cultivating a just society.