Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Philosophy


Students who plan to complete the requirements for a graduate specialization in Ethics and Development as part of their master's or doctoral program, should consult the Director of the Ethics and Development Graduate Specialization in the College of Arts & Letters and an affiliated faculty member in their department. The content of some elective courses may vary depending upon the instructor; therefore, only those elective offerings approved by the Director of the Specialization in consultation with affiliated faculty may count toward the Specialization.

Students must complete 9-12 credits from the courses listed below, including PHL 452 and at least one 800- level course.Students are encouraged to complete Philosophy of Science/ Social Science to give students understanding and awareness of theoretical concepts and tools used in the sciences/social sciences. Courses must be taken in at least two departments. Students must also present a final portfolio that includes summaries of relevant fieldwork, study abroad, conference presentations, and coursework including one sample of their philosophical writing on an issue in ethics and development. The student would also need to present a paper/research study for defense to their specialization committee.

Students must also complete a practicum during the study program and it does not necessarily need to take place abroad. Other activities or research studies at local level related to development issues would be considered. This section would be discussed and coordinated with a committee member. The idea of the practicum is to allow philosophy graduates to get outside the classroom, to do some hands in research or other activities. Previous development work in an international setting would not replace this.

Finally, each student must have a specialization committee comprising of three people, two of which would be from the guidance committee and one person outside their home department.

Two Required Courses:
PHL 452 Ethics and Development
One 800 level course approved by the Director of the 

Strongly Recommended for doctoral students: 
PHL 485 Philosophy of Social Science

AEC 810 Institutional and Behavioral Economics
AEC 861 Agriculture in Economic Development
AEC 978 Research Methodologies in Agricultural Economics
ANP 825 Research Design
ANP 826 International Development
ANP 828 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change
ANP 831 Cultural Ecology
ANP 436 Globalization and Justice
ANP 837 Seminar in Economic Anthropology
ANP 859 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change: Methods and Application
FW 858 Gender, Justice and Environmental Change: Issues and Concepts
GEO 418 The Ghetto
GEO 432 Environmental Ethics in Geography(W)
GEO 454 Spatial Aspects of Regional Development
GEO 813 Seminar in Urban and Economic Geography
GEO 850 Seminar in Regional Geography
GEO 854 Economics of Planning and Development
GEO 872 Seminar in Human Geography
GEO 858 Gender, Justice and Environmental Change : Issues and Concepts
GEO 859 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change: Methods and Application
HRT 486 Biotechnology in Agriculture: Applications and Ethical Issues
PHL 440 Central Issues in Ethics
PHL 450 Liberal Theory and its Critics
PHL 451 Philosophy and the Black Experience
PHL 456 Topics in Feminist Philosophy
PHL 486 Bioetechnology in Agriculture: Applications and Ethical Issues
PHL 840 Seminar in Value Theory
PHL 850 Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy 
PHL 880 Philosophy of Science
PLS 853 Political Economy of Development Policy
RD 826 International Development and Sustainability
SOC 450 Forestry in International Development
SOC 832 International Inequality and Development
SOC 850 Population, Food, and Development
SOC 858 Gender, Justice and Environmental Change : Issues and Concepts
SOC 859 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change: Methods and Application
SOC 864 Social Ecology
SOC 869 Community and Conservation
SOC 868 Science and Technology
SOC 890 Social Science Research Seminar