Center for Ethics

Why Study Ethics?

  • Should we pursue research on stem cells?
  • How much truth is required in advertising?
  • Is affirmative action necessary?
  • Is same-sex marriage a civil right?
  • Should we allow testing on animals?
  • Should companies read employees' email?
  • Is globalization good for the environment?
  • Does the death penalty bring about justice?

These are some of the questions you will explore as you pursue a Certificate in Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics. In studying ethics, you have the opportunity to reflect on matters of pressing importance, to anticipate and respond to moral dilemmas, and to think deeply about what kind of life one ought to lead.


Earning a Certificate in Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics will enable you to:

  • Analyze ethical issues from the perspectives of various disciplines, professions, and cultures
  • Assure potential employers that you have considered the ethical aspects of professional conduct
  • Gain a greater awareness of ethical issues.
  • Apply your academic work to community projects and service
  • Enhance your academic work with community service
  • Vote and shape public policy in an informed and thoughtful manner