The Center for the Study of Ethics (CSE) promotes and facilitates the interdisciplinary exploration of ethical theory and practice. We administer a variety of programs designed to advance ethics education on our campus, within our region, and in national and international contexts. The study of ethics is a critical tool in navigating the complexities of public, professional, and personal life. The CSE is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization committed to the inclusion of diverse perspectives and practices.


Upcoming Events

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Conservatism in the Age of Trump

Pizza will be served!

January 22nd  |   12:00 - 12:50 


Lost Sheep in Philosophy of Religion

February 6th - 7th


Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award

February 27th   |  11:30 - 12:45 


Civility & Democracy

with Evan McMullin

March 11th  |   12:00-12:50

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Areas of Emphasis

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Ethics Across the Curriculum

Since 1992, the center has promoted ethics education across a variety of disciplines and through diverse methodologies
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Environmental Sustainability

Explores questions related to the human impact on the natural world and the ethical dimensions of environmental stewardship.
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Promotes the academic study of religion through interreligious dialogue and student engagement. These efforts are part of a campus-wide Interreligious Engagement Initiative.
Gyeongbuk Palace, Seoul, South Korea.


Offers students opportunities to understand and engage ethical issues across cultures and ideologies including strategies for global cooperation and peacebuilding.
McLean House in Appomattox Courthouse Virgina.


Advances dialogue and research in the ethical dimensions of democracy, civil discourse, and public policy. These efforts are part of the campus-wide Appomattox Project.