• Department of Humanities &
    Catholic Social Thought


  • Human Life Studies Minor


    Assessment Learning Goals

    The focus of the interdisciplinary Human Life Studies Minor Program at Franciscan University is to:

    • Lead students to a broader and deeper knowledge and understanding of the philosophical, ethical, theological, biological, legal, political, historical, and social dimensions of human life issues
    • Prepare students to think, speak, and act intelligently in these critical matters confronting contemporary culture.
    • Focus on the building up of a culture of life through the legal system.
    • Address topics that either directly concern human life issues or topics such as marriage and family life, economic justice, or social justice, which indirectly but decisively affect human life and dignity.

    Course Requirements | Read the course descriptions

    HLS 201 Human Life Studies I: Life Issues and Human Dignity
    HLS 202 Human Life Studies II: Life Issues and the Family
    HLS 301 Human Life Studies III: Life Issues and the Law
    BIO 203 Human Embryology (or BIO 229 Developmental Anatomy for biology majors)

    And any two courses selected from among the following to complete the needed 18 credits:

    HLS 401 Human Life Studies: Selected Themes
    HLS 407 Human Life Studies: Internship
    BIO 236 Concepts of Ecology
    CHM 105 Pollution of the Environment
    PHL 310* Selected Problems in Ethics
    POL 343 Politics, Economics, and the Social Encyclicals
    THE 320 Catholic Social Teaching
    THE 341 Christian Marriage
    THE 429 Sexual and Medical Morality

    These additional courses deal with topics that either directly concern different human life issues or topics such as marriage and family life, economic justice, or social justice, which indirectly but decisively affect human life and dignity.

    *PHL 310, Selected Problems in Ethics, varies from semester to semester, depending on the issues chosen by the professor. Upon permission of the Human Life Studies Program Director, this course may be counted toward the Human Life Studies minor. The Director, after consulting with the Chairman of the Philosophy Department, will determine if the selected issues qualify for the domain of Human Life Studies.

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