Through the Humanities and Ethics Center, the Humanities Division hopes to offer a certificate program in ethics for undergraduates (the proposal will be analyzed for the first time by the Academic Affairs Committee in Fall 2013 – if it were to pass, our hope would be to offer the program starting Fall 2014). The purpose of the certificate is to promote ethics learning and training across the university and to offer a credential in ethics training for our traditional undergraduate students. It is our hope that, if successful, the certificate program could eventually be offered to constituencies outside the university – to individuals, governmental agencies, or companies interested in ethics training.
The study of ethics is an intrinsically valuable enterprise that helps improve a community’s collective well being by allowing the individuals, organizations, and groups that comprise it to mindfully develop their own value systems. Simply, the study of ethics aids individuals, business, and non-profits to clarify their values and serve the common good. Our program seeks to facilitate those processes of ethical development by teaching others to apply ethical theories in order to help individuals to deliberate about contemporary moral dilemmas in ways that will leave them equipped to meaningfully confront the ethical dimensions of their personal and professional lives. Clearly certificate holders will be better positioned to avoid legal liability in their professional lives, but it is our view that the skills the certificate imparts will enrich their lives and the communities in which they live.
The Vision for the Program
The certificate program in ethics will build on Drury’s rich traditions of pluralism and the integration of the liberal arts and professional learning. The certificate program will help our student develop his/her moral compass and provide opportunities to apply it in his/her personal and professional life. The ultimate goal is that ethical inquiry becomes a regular part of a student’s decision-making processes and that ethical thinking be illuminated by both diverse perspectives and the moral traditions we have inherited from the past.
To receive this certificate, students would need to complete 11 hours of ethics coursework. This coursework include both theoretical and applied ethics. Furthermore, the students would need to pass all classes with a “B” average and complete an ethics research project. The certificate would signify significant achievement in and a broad knowledge of ethics.
Program Curriculum – “Building the Moral Compass”
The curriculum for the certificate program has four parts. These are:
PHIL 210 Ethics