Major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions
The concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions (ESI) is designed to enable students to examine and evaluate social and ethical issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Through the major, students will learn about political, economic, social, and cultural institutions and the relationships between them. They will became aware of how institutions influence (and are influenced by) individuals; learn processes which result in social choice; and be able to determine the ethical implications of the processes and outcomes of social choice. By examining governments, markets, and community organizations, students will learn about decision-making processes and be able to determine the ethical implications and outcomes of social and political choices at the institutional level.
Under the guidance of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, students will design an individualized course of study consisting of elective courses drawn from many disciplines including but not limited to Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Management, Mass Communication, Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology. With the approval of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, courses from disciplines not listed above may also be included in your elective program. Your elective program allows you to develop a course of study consistent with your individual interests, while at the same time, investigating a specific set of social/political institutions. Thematic possibilities could include Social/Political Ethics; Ethics, Society, and the Law; Political & Social Decision-making; Globalization and the Individual; International Political Economy; Interaction of Societies; The Individual and Society; and Economic Power in American Society, just to name a few. A list of regularly scheduled courses which fall within these and other thematic categories is available from the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Students graduating with an interdisciplinary concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions might pursue careers or advanced study in law, business, and government or continue on to more specialized academic disciplines at the graduate level.
Requirements for Major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions
I. Required courses for the concentration
19 hours, including: ESI 101, 490; ECON 101 or 102; PHIL 200; POLS 220 or 281; ANTH 100 or SOC 100.
II. Research methods
6-7 hours. Complete one of the following groups: (a) STAT 185 and ECON 365; or (b) POLS 220, 281 and 390; or (c) ANTH 225 or SOC 225, and either ANTH 336, SOC 335 or 337.
III. Elective program
18 hours approved by the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. In consultation with the IST Director, students will design an elective program organized around a theme in Ethics and Social Institutions. No more than 9 of these credit hours may come from any one department. Courses must come from at least three different departments, and at least 15 of the 18 elective hours must be at the 300-level or above.
IV. Other concentration requirements
Senior demonstration of major, oral and computer competency is met by successful completion of ESI 490 with a grade of C or higher. At least 28 of the total required hours must be taken while a student at UNC Asheville. Students seeking a double major may count only 9 credit hours from the other major toward an ESI concentration. None of a student’s credit hours earned for a declared minor can be counted toward an ESI concentration.
Declaration of Major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions
Declaring a major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions for a Bachelor of Arts degree requires the student to schedule a meeting with the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. In consultation with the IST director, the student will complete a Declaration of Major Form that must be signed by the director. Before declaring a major a student must satisfy the LANG 120 requirement.
ESI 101: Introduction to Ethics and Social Institutions
Assesses the ethical implications of both the processes and the outcomes of social decision-making. Students will acquire an understanding of the structure of social institutions and the processes through which social choices are made. Central to the analysis is a study of ethics as a criterion for assessment of social decision-making with emphasis on the study of particular issues of social choice. Fall.
ESI 480: Internship in Ethics and Social Institutions
Semester-long internship with a host organization in either the private or public sector. Open only to students who have declared a major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions. See Interdisciplinary Studies director.
ESI 490 Senior Research in Ethics and Social Institutions
Guided research on a topic of interest in Ethics and Social Institutions. The research project serves as the senior capstone experience for ESI majors. An IP grade may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor. See Interdisciplinary Studies director.
Special Topics And Colloquia
- ESI 171-6 Special Topics in Ethics and Social Institutions
- ESI 179 Liberal Studies Colloquia (LS 179)
- ESI 271-6 Special Topics in Ethics and Social Institutions
- ESI 371-6 Special Topics in Ethics and Social Institutions
- ESI 379 Liberal Studies Colloquia (LS 379)
- ESI 471-6 Special Topics in Ethics and Social Institutions
- ESI 479 Liberal Studies Colloquia (LS 479)