2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Vocation, Ethics, and Society

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Stephanie Rolph, Ph.D.

About: The interdisciplinary minor in Vocation, Ethics, and Society (VESO) is intended to help students explore their social, cultural, and ethical worlds as they contemplate their own lives, ideals, and the meanings they will attribute to their work post-graduation. VESO minors come from all of Millsaps’ divisions: business, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Meeting together in the gateway course (Work, Ethics, and Society) and internship discussions, the VESO community is one that seeks to bridge disciplinary boundaries so that diverse students may learn from one another and challenge each other to consider new perspectives. Students minoring in Vocation, Ethics, and Society may also apply for funding, available on a competitive basis, to go to a location or attend an event beyond Millsaps’ gates that will contribute to their course of study; this is optional. Students must make an argument and provide details indicating the ways that the Exploration Trip will contribute to their formation as persons and professionals. Contact the director for details.

Requirements for the Minor

Students may complete a minor in Vocation, Ethics, and Society with 20 credits in:

*Each internship (VESO 3853  and VESO 4853 ) is undertaken concurrently with a 1-credit hour discussion course: Vocational Inquiry in Context I & II (VESO 3853  and VESO 4853 ). Internship discussion courses must be taken concurrently with internships unless an internship is completed during the summer months. In these cases, pre-approval must be sought from the director of the minor and the student must enroll in the discussion course. in the semester just before or after the summer in which their internship is completed.

** For a list of approved courses, contact the director of the Vocation, Ethics, and Society minor.

Choose One Option

Fulfill one of the following two options:

Option 1

Take one approved Community Engaged Learning course with multidisciplinary breadth for 4 semester hours

  • XXXX #### (C- or higher)

Option 2

Take Introduction to Community Engagement I and II as a member of the Wellspring program for a total of 2 semester hours


A portfolio: The Portfolio shows the development of students’ thought during their time completing the minor and requires them to gather documents to carry with them as credentials and resources for future work activities. Contact the director for details.

Multidisciplinary Breadth

Approved courses for multidisciplinary breadth include (but are not limited to) the following. For a current list of approved courses, please contact the director of the Vocation, Ethics, and Society minor. For a current list of Community Engaged Learning.

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