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Ethics, Certificate of Proficiency

Requirements

A student in the Ethics program is offered an innovative approach in correlating various disciplines with structured ethical research. The program offers students opportunities to enhance their capacity to enter their chosen professions, careers, and vocations as ethical leaders. Students will examine real world ethical issues in the context of various disciplines, a valuable credential for employment and further education.

UVU has had a vested interest in Interdisciplinary Ethics since the 1980s, offering prestigious programs such as Ethics Across the Curriculum and hosting the only Ethics Center in the USHE system. The undergraduate Ethics curriculum and the Center for the Study of Ethics have received repeated national recognitions for their innovative and influential programs, conferences, events, symposia, and lecture series that educate students and the community about contemporary ethical issues.

Total Program Credits: 21

Discipline Core Requirements: 9 Credits
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  PHIL 3550 Moral Philosophy 3
  PHIL 481R Internship 3
Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
Complete 12 credits from the following: 12
  PRLG 2000 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3.0)  
  PHIL 130R Ethics Forum (1.0)  
  PHIL 3010 Media Ethics (3.0)  
or COMM 3000 Media Ethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3450 Philosophy of Childhood (3.0)  
  PHIL 3460 The Ethics of Human/Animal Relationships (3.0)  
  PHIL 3510 Business and Professional Ethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3520 Bioethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3530 Environmental Ethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3540 Christian Ethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 357R Moral Reasoning Through Case Studies: Ethics Bowl (3.0)  
  PHIL 3700 Social and Political Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 3710 Philosophy of Law (3.0)  
  PHIL 450R Interdisciplinary Senior Ethics Seminar (3.0)  
  PHIL 451R Ethical Theory Seminar (3.0)  
  PHIL 490R Independent Study (1.0)  
  ASL 4370 Ethics for Interpreters (3.0)  
  BIOL 4260 Ethical Issues in Biology (2.0)  
  CS 305G Global Social and Ethical Issues in Computing (3.0)  
  NURS 3410 Professional Standards of Nursing (1.0)  
  PJST 3000 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (3.0)  
  other advisor-approved course  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 21 credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 or above.
  3. Residency hours -- Minimum of 6 credits required through course attendance at UVU.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 / 205G / 205H Ethics and Values* 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: *required, prerequisite-may already be completed through UVU GE.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 3550 Moral Philosophy 3
Ethics Elective Refer to list 3
Ethics Elective Refer to list 3
Ethics Elective Refer to list 3
  Semester total: 12
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 481R Internship 3
Ethics Elective Refer to list 3
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 21

Department

Name:

Philosophy & Humanities

Location:

CB 507 (PHIL) & CB 211 (HUM)

Telephone:

801-863-8352 & 801-863-6284

Email:

 

Web Address:

uvu.edu/philhum

Chair:

Pierre Lamarche

 
 

Mission Statement

The UVU Philosophy and Humanities Department is committed to the idea that logic and critical thinking are the core of all academic disciplines. The department engages in the critical study of the intellectual and creative underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum. The humanities reflect on and interact with those creative enterprises that make us most human: art, architecture, music, and poetry. Philosophy engages theoretical and practical questions about reality and human experience in the life-long pursuit of truth and understanding.

In keeping with the democratic ideal of an educated citizenship, the department aims to provide the highest quality educational experience to prepare students for an increasingly complex and intellectually demanding society. The free exploration of ideas will expose students to a variety of perspectives on important issues; the critical examination of those ideas will impart the skills of reflection and decision-making.

The department hopes to develop in its students a set of skills and knowledge useful for all forms of reflection and investigation. First, we teach the skills of critical thinking - both the practical skills of problem solving, and the subtler exercise of reflection on one’s own values and beliefs. Second, we teach the skills of communication, through effective speech and clear, rigorous writing. Third, we impart a wide variety of content, including knowledge of the history of philosophy and the humanities, an appreciation and understanding of human diversity, and a connection of these topics to practical life. Fourth, we hope to impart the basic values of the liberal arts, including self- reflectiveness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity.
 
 

Philosophy & Humanities

  • Advisor: Erin Donahoe-Rankin 
  • Office: CB 506H
  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Email: donahoer@uvu.edu
  • Humanities Program Coordinator: Sam Liang
  • Telephone: 801-863-6266
  • Email: SLiang @uvu.edu
 
 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Religious Studies

M.S., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University.

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Thomas Bretz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy/Ethics, Dresden University of Technology; M.A.,,Philosophy, The New School for Social Research; Ph.D (ABD) Philosophy, Loyola University.

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Alex Caldiero(2002)

Senior Artist in Residence

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Artist in Residence

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Elaine Englehardt(1980)

Distinguished Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Journalism, M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Communications, University of Utah.

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Laura Guerrero(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Willamette University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Hawaii;

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Wayne Hanewicz(2004)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty

B.S., M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Interdisciplinary).

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Jorgen Hansen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.S., Philosophy, Utah Valley University; M.A., Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.

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Pierre Lamarche(2000)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Physics, University of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Studies

B.A., Architecture, Anhul Architectural Industry Institute; M.A., History of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai; Ph.D., Art History, Binghampton University.

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Michael Minch(2001)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Peace and Justice Studies

B.A., History, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Political Philosophy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah; M. Divinity, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Karen Mizell(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Incarnate Word College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oklahoma.

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Shannon Mussett(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Goucher College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Christopher Nguyen(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California; B.A., Philosophy, Harvard University.

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Jeffery Nielsen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State University; M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), Philosophy, Boston College.

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R. Potter(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., Florida State University; M.A., University of Notre Dame.

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Katherine Reed(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.M., Music Education, Youngstown State University; M.M., Trombone Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas; Ph.D., Historical Musicology, University of Florida.

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Michaela Sawyer(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



M.A., English, Washington University; M.A., American Studies, Heinrich-Heine University.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Classical Studies

B.A., Philosophy, Bates College; M.A., Philosophy, Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Leslie Simon(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., English Literature, Texas A&M University; M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), English & Literature, Boston University.

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Eric Stencil(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Ph.D., Philosophy, M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., Philosophy & History, Bowling Green State University.

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Christine Weigel(2002)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, B.M., Music Performance, Lawrence University; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University.

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Careers

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The Ethics Minor and Certificate programs are designed to enhance and prepare students from all disciplines to deeply engage ethical questions. The courses are an ideal foundation for any student considering ongoing work or education in the fields of business, law, politics, education, public policy, medicine, clinical research, social work, security, criminal justice, and more.

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