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Ethics, Certificate of Proficiency


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: 6 Credits
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values IH 3
  PHIL 355G Moral Philosophy GI 3
Elective Requirements: 15 Credits
Complete 15 credits from the following: 15
  PHIL 130R Ethics Forum (1) (Limited to a maximum of 3 credits)  
  PHIL 3040 Media Ethics (3)  
or COMM 3040 Media Ethics (3)  
  PHIL 3450 Philosophy of Childhood (3)  
  PHIL 3460 The Ethics of Human/Animal Relationships (3)  
  PHIL 3510 Business and Professional Ethics (3)  
  PHIL 3520 Bioethics (3)  
  PHIL 3530 Environmental Ethics (3)  
  PHIL 3540 Christian Ethics (3)  
  PHIL 357R Moral Reasoning Through Case Studies Ethics Bowl (3) (Limited to a maximum of 3 credits with approval of instructor and department chair)  
  PHIL 3700 Social and Political Philosophy (3)  
  PHIL 3710 Philosophy of Law (3)  
  PHIL 450R Interdisciplinary Senior Ethics Seminar (3)  
  PHIL 451R Ethical Theory Seminar (3)  
  PHIL 490R Independent Study (1-3) (Limited to a maximum of 3 credits)  
  PHIL 481R Internship (3) (1-6)  
  ASL 4370 Ethics for Interpreters (3)  
  BIOL 4260 Ethical Issues in Biology WE (2)  
  CS 305G Global Social and Ethical Issues in Computing GI WE (3)  
  PJST 3000 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies WE (3)  
  AVSC 410G Global Ethical and Professional Issues in Aviation GI (3)  
  ESFF 2100 Servant-Leadership for the Emergency Services (3)  
  CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3)  
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration (3)  
  ESMG 4650 Emergency Services Capstone WE (3)  
  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

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 or 205G or 205H Ethics and Values IH GI 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 355G Moral Philosophy GI 3
Ethics Elective 3
Ethics Elective 3
Ethics Elective 3
  Semester total: 12
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Ethics Elective 3
Ethics Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 21


Philosophy and Humanities

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Philosophy and Humanities department

Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. To think critically, creatively, and competently about a broad range of ethical issues.
  2. Develop an understanding of how to apply theoretical ethical concepts and principles to real-life situations and conundrums.
  3. Make informed, suitable, compassionate ethical decisions.
  4. Gain a comprehensive understanding of philosophical ethical theories and the interdisciplinarity of ethics.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with other students.
  6. Communicate with clarity and precision verbally and in writing.
  7. Research, evaluate, analyze, interpret, and assess ethical theories and practices.
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