Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics

In studying ethics, students 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.

The Practical & Interdisciplinary Ethics certificate program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to identify a concentration in the study of ethics. The certificate allows students to analyze the moral issues that arise in various disciplines, fields, and professions, and sharpens their analytical skills by providing them with a solid foundation in ethical theory. The certificate program is open to any Webster University student, as well as to individuals not currently enrolled who meet the general requirements for admission to the University.

Topics explored in the Practical & Interdisciplinary Ethics program:

  • 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?

Practical & Interdisciplinary Ethics graduates are able 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

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