• 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

    You must take these courses:

    • 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)

    Plus 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.