Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics | Webster University

Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Philosophy Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

The undergraduate certificate in practical and interdisciplinary ethics provides students the opportunity to identify a concentration in the study of ethics. The program 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.

Special Requirements

A maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken within a departmental prefix.

Course Requirements

  • PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 credit hours)
  • 6 credit hours from Group 1, with at least one course at the 3000-level
  • 9 credit hours from Group 2

Group 1 (6 credit hours)

  • PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics (3 hours)
  • POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory (3 hours)
    or PHIL 2300 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3350 Philosophical Ethics (3 hours)
  • POLT 3590/PHIL 3590 Theories of Human Rights (3 hours)

Group 2 (9 credit hours)

  • ETHC 1000 Issues and Problems in Ethics (1 hour)
  • ETHC 2000 Intermediate Issues (3 hours)
  • ETHC 3000 Advanced Issues (3 hours)
  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • MDST 2200 Ethics in the Media (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2340 Bioethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2390 Philosophy of Sex and Love (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3360 Global Information Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3380 Ethics in Social Research (3 hours)
  • MNGT 2150 Business Ethics (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5910 Ethical and Legal Issues in Management (3 hours)
  • LEGL 3000 Legal Ethics (3 hours)

Students are also encouraged to engage in some appropriate practical experience. Up to 3 credit hours earned in this manner may be substituted for coursework; the director must approve substituted credit hours. Students will register their work either through the Individualized Learning Experiences program (INDZ) or PHIL 4450 (Internship).