How do societies and individuals determine what is right or wrong? What makes a principle fair or just? What makes moral claims true or accurate? The ethics minor at Rollins pursues questions that lie at the heart of responsible leadership and global citizenship, developing a critical framework that applies to every discipline.

At Rollins, you’ll form an ethical lens through which to tackle some of the toughest questions of the 21st century. Professors who specialize in sociopolitical issues provide personalized attention in small classes, extending what you learn to current events. You’ll not only explore how people make decisions around their values, but how background issues of historical inequity and access play a part as well. In the process you’ll dig deep, investigating how your own values have formed and helping to shape character and a meaningful career.

The ethics minor enhances any major and provides a competitive advantage in the job market. Whether in business, law, the sciences, social sciences, or the arts, employers increasingly demand candidates who demonstrate ethical decision-making.

Why Study Ethics at Rollins

  1. Engaged Citizenship

    You’ll learn to analyze the assumptions underlying your own ethical decision-making and apply critical thinking skills to complex values issues. Is a decision made on the basis of principles or consequences? Does it uphold individual rights or is it good for the majority? You’ll learn to peel apart the nuanced layers of what’s at stake ethically in any situation.

  2. Real World Relevance

    You’ll have a multitude of opportunities to put ethics into practice, whether tackling headlines in rigorous class discussions or engaging in service learning. Studying ethics also equips you to engage in Immersion and study abroad experiences more intentionally and integrate ethical reflection with experiential learning.

  3. Competitive Advantage

    In a diverse workforce, employers increasingly seek out professionals who are equipped to navigate questions around values. Having a nuanced understanding of how to handle situations when values conflict has resounding positive ramifications in the workplace.

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Rollins professors are uniquely qualified to teach ethics and represent a dozen disciplines, with the core faculty for this minor holding PhDs in Western ethics and value theory. This group has expertise on ethical theories, practices, and case studies within their own fields, including anthropology, business, medicine and health, the sciences, and the arts. Additionally, more than 40 Rollins faculty have training in how to teach and apply ethical reasoning in their disciplines.

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Contact Ethics Professors

  • Margaret McLaren

    Margaret McLaren, PhD

    Professor of Philosophy

    Research interests: Human rights and globalization, feminist theory and gender issues, and 20th-century French philosophy

  • L.  Ryan Musgrave

    L. Ryan Musgrave, PhD

    Associate Professor of Philosophy; Program Coordinator, Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies

    Research Interests: Ethics/value theory, sociopolitical philosophy, aesthetics/philosophy of art, philosophy of education, and philosophy of law

  • Eric Smaw

    Eric Smaw, PhD

    Associate Professor of Philosophy; Co-Director, Pre-Law Advising

    Research interests: Philosophy of law, political philosophy, ethics, and human rights

  • Josephine Balzac-Arroyo

    Josephine Balzac-Arroyo, JD, LLM

    Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: Corporate social responsibility, climate justice sustainable development, international trade, human rights, and environmental justice

  • Susan Libby

    Susan Libby, PhD

    Professor of Art History

    Research interests: European art, with an emphasis on colonialism and construction of race and gender; contemporary cultural property disputes

  • Lucy Littler

    Lucy Littler, PhD

    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: American exceptionalism and the meanings of race in contemporary American culture

  • Julia Maskivker

    Julia Maskivker, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Contemporary theories of justice, global ethics, and social and economic citizenship

  • Rachel Newcomb

    Rachel Newcomb, PhD

    Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Cultural and applied/public anthropology, Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, globalization, immigration, and food studies