Minor in Ethics, Leadership, and Service (ELS)

Creighton Rosental, Director/Associate Professor of Philosophy

Paul Allen Lewis, Professor of Religion

The minor in Ethics, Leadership, and Service integrates ethical theory with analysis of social problems. This program is designed for those with an interest in improving ethical understanding and moral discernment by engaging in real-life situations. It is also possible to earn a certificate in leadership. This certificate is available only to degree-seeking students at Mercer; it is not available to non-degree students.

The minor in Ethics, Leadership, and Service is an interdisciplinary minor housed in the Department of Philosophy of the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University.

Minor in Ethics, Leadership, and Service

19 semester credit hours minimum

• ELS 100. The Road to Responsibility

One course from:

• PHI 195. Introduction to Ethics

• REL 230. Approaches to Christian Ethics

• ELS 200. Service and Leadership Project

• ELS 400. A Responsible Life

Three courses from: (at least 1 course must be 300-level and above)

• AFR 210. Civil Rights and the Black American

• AFR/SOC 295. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

• AFR/POL 330. Race, Law, and Politics

• BIO 381. Urban Ecosystems (prerequisite: C in BIO 212 or ENB 150 and a C in BIO 211)

• BUS 346. The Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business

• COM 220. Group Communication

• ECN 450. The Economic and Moral Foundations of Capitalism (prerequisites: ECN 150 and 151)

• GDS 215. Ethics and Moral Leadership

• GDS 390. Community Assets and Needs Assessment (prerequisite: GDS 200)

• LPP 244. Law, Public Policy, and Ethics

• MGT 428. Leadership (prerequisite: MGT 363)

• PHI 235. Philosophy of Law

• PHI 237/WGS 285. Gender, Philosophy, and Law

• PHI 295. Topics in Applied Ethics (Prerequisite: PHI 195).

• PHI 393. Advanced Topics in Ethics (prerequisite: PHI 195)

• POL/WGS 314. Women in Developing Countries (prerequisite: POL/IAF 253)

• POL/WGS 332. Women, Law, and Politics (prerequisite: POL 101 or consent of instructor)

• POL 335. Congress and the Legislative Process (prerequisite: POL 101 or permission of the instructor)

• PSY 230. Social Psychology (prerequisite: PSY 101)

• REL 305. Old Testament Prophets (prerequisite: REL 110, 130, 150, or 170)

• REL 310. Jesus (prerequisite: REL 101, 130, 150, or 170)

• REL 315. Paul (prerequisite: REL 110, 130, 150, or 170)

• REL 335. Christian Ethics in America

• REL 354. Death and Dying (prerequisite: permission of the instructor)

• REL 363. Women and Christianity (prerequisites: REL 110,130, 150, or 170 and WGS 180 or permission of the instructor)

• SOC 225. Social Movements

• SOC/WGS 312. Sociology of Gender and Sexuality

• SOC 319. Social Class in the U.S.

• SOC 325. Urban Ecology (prerequisite: SOC 101)

• SOC/WGS 350. Women, Crime, and Justice

One course that is part of a Mercer On Mission project, with the permission of the ELS director.

Students may complete a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics either separately or in conjunction with the ELS minor. Students completing an ELS minor who also want to receive a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics should complete a series of co-curricular leadership activities amounting to at least 50 contact hours of co-curricular activities covering 120 co-curricular points from the table of leadership activities maintained by Student Affairs with oversight by the ELS Director. Students wanting to receive only a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics should complete all the requirements specified below.

Certificate in Leadership and Ethics

10 semester credit hours minimum

• ELS 100. The Road to Responsibility

• ELS 200. Service and Leadership Project

• ELS 400. A Responsible Life

One course from the options listed above, and

At least 50 contact hours of co-curricular activities covering 120 co-curricular points from the table of leadership activities maintained by Student Affairs with oversight by the ELS Director. Co-curricular points will be assigned to pre-approved leadership activities from a variety of opportunities within and outside of Campus Life and Student Involvement. Co-curricular activities include, but are not limited to, leadership retreats and workshops, guest lectures, serving in leadership positions (SGA/club officers, justices, RAs, etc.), service/volunteer work.

ELS 100. The Road to Responsibility (3 hours)

A gateway to the minor in ethics, leadership, and service, this course introduces students to ethical theory, elements of the moral life, service-learning, and leadership. The class will participate in a service-learning project and students can therefore fulfill their EXP requirement. (Every Year)

ELS 200. Service and Leadership Project (1-3 hours)

Prerequisite: ELS 100.

This course offers a cohort of students familiar with ethics, leadership, and service from a shared ELS 100 course the opportunity to pursue a group service project. Students will reflect on what they have learned about service and leadership from their experience on the project. Students are expected to work a minimum of 3 hours per week (on average) for each credit hour they receive. May be repeated up to 3 times for credit, but the number of credit hours must be approved each time by instructor. (Every semester)

ELS 400. A Responsible Life (3 hours)

Prerequisites: ELS 100, ELS 200 and at least two other courses in the minor.

A capstone to the minor in ethics, leadership, and service, this course asks students to synthesize insights from undergraduate courses in general and course work in the minor in particular, in order to develop a plan for taking their place as responsible actors in society. Seminar format. (Every Year)