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Updated 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Goal Area 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility


    One course
    Two credits


To develop students' capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship. While there are diverse views of social justice or the common good in a pluralistic society, students should learn that responsible citizenship requires them to develop skills to understand their own and others' positions, be part of the free exchange of ideas, and function as public-minded citizens.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills typical of those who exhibit ethical and civic responsibility, including analysis of the connections between facts and assumptions, consciousness of bias in factual information, recognition and articulation of the value assumptions made by ourselves and others.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  • examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
  • understand and apply core concepts (e.g., politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  • analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  • recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  • identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Courses that satisfy this goal area include

    *ACCT 1100 Financial Literacy (3 credits)
    BIOL 2339 Ethics of Fish and Wildlife Management (3 credits)
    BIOL 3339 Bioethics (3 credits)
    COMM 1090 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
    COMM 3170 Health Communication (3 credits)
    COMM 3700 Persuasion and Communication (3 credits)
    CRJS 1120 Criminal Justice and Society (3 credits)
    *CS 1107 Introduction to Computers (3 credits)
    ECON 2000 Markets and Resource Allocation (3 credits)
    *ED 2007 Anatomy of Hate (3 credits)
    ENVR 2150 Wilderness Ethics: Projects for Environmental Field Programs (1-3 credits)
    GEOG 2400 Introduction to Planning (3 credits)
    LEAD 2510 Topics-Humanities and Leadership (3 credits)
    LEAD 2520 Topics: History of Leadership (3 credits)
    LEAD 3500 Theories and Contexts of Leadership (3 credits)
    MASC 1100 Mass Media and Society (3 credits)
    MASC 2100 Minorities in the Media (3 credits)
    *PHED 2200 A Lifestyle for Wellness (2 credits)
    PHIL 2220 Ethics (3 credits)
    PHIL 2330 Philosophies of Non-Violence (3 credits)
    PHIL 2400 The American Mind (3 credits)
    PHIL 3380 Political Philosophy (3 credits)
    POL 1100 Understanding Politics (3 credits)
    POL 1300 Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
    POL 3200 Minnesota Politics (3 credits)
    SOC 2230 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 credits)
    SOC 3090 Social and Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine (3 credits)
    SOC 3310 Community Organizing for Social Change (3 credits)
    *TADT 2100 Impact Of Technology, Art & Design (2 credits)

    All-University course numbers 1957 and 2957 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses, subject to approval, and will satisfy this goal area.

    *This course will satisfy Liberal Education at BSU, but does not qualify for inclusion in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as currently interpreted by Minnesota State, and may not be accepted as a Liberal Education course at other Minnesota State institutions or the University of Minnesota.