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Applied Ethics and Practical Philosophy Certificate


The Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics Certificate Program seeks to nurture the application of ethical and philosophical ideas toward concerns in social, political, economic, and cultural life. The chief goal of the program is to offer practically oriented, but philosophically based, expertise in ethics and normative theory.

The certificate serves as a valuable credential to professionals who require a general understanding of the area, e.g. those who serve on ethics committees or compliance boards and those who seek advanced ethics training to meet licensure demands.

Minimum number of credits required for the certificate: 25

Required Courses: choose ONE of the following (5 credits each):

·      Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 212)

·      Moral Issues in America (PHIL 213)

NOTE: Students who are completing a minor in Philosophy as well as the Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics Certificate may only count one course for each.

Required courses: choose TWO of the following (10 credits):

·      Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 311)

·      Women and Ethics (PHIL/WMST 417)

·      Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 445)

·      Environmental Ethics (PHIL 447)

·      Directed Study (PHIL 499)

Elective Courses: choose THREE of the following courses (10-15 credits):

·      Economics of Poverty and Discrimination  (AAST 424/ ECON 424, 5 credits) [Req. Junior Standing]

·      Business Law (ACCT 261, 4 credits) [Req. Sophomore Standing]

·      Perspectives on Death and Dying (AGST/SOWK 458, 4 credits)

·      Chemical Dependency Ethics and the Law (ADST 460, 4 credits)

·      Communicative Reasoning (CMST 351, 5 credits)

·      Communication Law and Ethics (CMST 431, 5 credits)

·      Ethics in Criminal Justice (CRIM 340, 5 credits)

·      Disability, Culture and Society (DSST 310, 5 credits)

·      Engineering Ethics, Contracts, and Patents (ENGR 456, 2 credits) [Req. Junior Standing]

·      Personal and Community Health (HLED 370, 4 credits)

·      Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (HUMN/WMST 415, 5 credits)

·      Equity and Equality in the Workplace (MGMT 424, 3 credits) [Req. ENGL 201]

·      Emotion and Emotional Intelligence (PSYC 340, 5 credits)

·      Social Psychology (PSYC 381, 5 credits) [PSYC 309 recommended]

·      Women and Social Reform (SOWK/WMST 450, 3 credits) [Req. Upper Division Standing]

·      Identity and Power (SOCI 482, 5 credits) [Req. SOCI 101]

·      Human Rights and Women's Rights (WMST/SOWK 471, 4 credits) [Req. ENGL 201]

What will I study?

Student Learning Outcomes

 Students will:

 ·    Demonstrate understanding of, and be able to apply fundamental theories in ethics, including but not limited to deontology, utilitarianism, virtue and care perspectives, feminist ethics and pragmatism.

·     Analyze connections between ethics and law, culture, the environment, history and public policy.

·     Refine and improve their own ethical perspectives in dialogue and critical writing

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