Undergraduate Minor

Undergraduate Minor in Bioethics

Objectives

The Bioethics Minor supports Loyola Marymount University’s mission: the commitment to intellectual rigor, the education of the whole person, and the openness to ultimate questions of justice, human dignity, and the meaning of life experiences. As a recently emerged field of study, bioethics surveys in a systematic fashion ethical issues in the life sciences and medicine. In the Bioethics Minor, students engage in philosophical reflection with an interdisciplinary focus. They will address ethical challenges at the beginning and at the end of life, together with those in the areas of genetics, brain research, transplantation and regenerative medicine, to name but a few. More broadly, the Bioethics Minor offers students the opportunity to think and write critically about the goals of medicine, the responsibility of science, and the relevance of public debate in a democratic society. Because of its professional relevance, the Minor is especially recommended for students who envisage a career in health care or the law. Furthermore, with its emphasis on ethical reflection, it complements the curricular offerings of other majors in the humanities, such as Philosophy, Theological Studies, Psychology, and English.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the main ethical theories in bioethics, together with the wider philosophical and theological grounding of bioethical questions.
  • Appreciate the “complexity” entailed by moral decision-making in bioethics, and the importance of dialogue among different moral positions.
  • Understand the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue between science and the humanities, relative to the ethical assessment of technological advances and therapeutic applications.
  • Understand the link between ethical reflection, personal moral commitment, and the relevance of social collaboration in the quest for a better world.

Minor Requirements

18-20 semester hours

  • Bioethics Core classes (8 semester hours required)
  • General Core classes (8 semester hours required)
  • Elective classes (2-4 semester hours required)

Note: Other courses may be approved with the consent of the Minor Director.