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Explore the ethics certificate at UW-Eau Claire

Develop your ethical reasoning skills and sharpen your ability to recognize ethical issues in personal, professional and social contexts with a certificate in ethics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Rooted in fascinating, thought-provoking courses, the ethics certificate will help you learn how to reason coherently, critically and creatively about ethical issues. Coursework will help you demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of different ethical concepts, theories and perspectives, and enable you to effectively employ them in a variety of settings.

The ethics certificate is a popular choice for those pursuing a major in philosophy or religious studies, students in pre-professional programs with ethics requirements and those interested in graduate study and careers in healthcare ethics, legal ethics or corporate ethics and compliance. It is also a natural complement to the leadership certificate currently offered through the College of Business.

Why ethics at UW-Eau Claire?

Critical professional and personal skills. Throughout the ethics certificate program, you'll learn how to understand the strengths and weaknesses of ethical perspectives and theories, and gain a greater awareness of yourself as an ethical reasoner and moral agent. No matter your career path, these skills can help you to more effectively make or defend decisions and help create positive change. 

Customized studies. A portion of the ethics certificate is made up of courses chosen by you. This allows you to personalize your degree plan and focus on the topics that best align with your career goals. Students may also choose to participate in directed or independent studies, where you'll have the opportunity to work with an instructor on a real philosophical issue, problem or activity — giving you real-world experience before graduation.

Fascinating courses. Evaluate key ethical issues in medicine, law, business, computing and government. Better understand today's environmental issues, such as population growth, famine, pollution and preservation of species. Or explore ethical issues raised by computer technology and engineering. With so many interesting course options to choose from, you'll quickly find your passion and narrow your professional focus.

Ethics certificate curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's ethics certificate curriculum will equip you to approach questions of value with clarity, balance, open-mindedness and rationality. Not only will you gain the skills to clearly articulate ethical concepts and arguments to others, you will also be encouraged to reflect inward and achieve a greater level of moral self-understanding and awareness.

What classes do ethics students take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the ethics certificate in the UWEC course catalog

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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Hibbard Humanities Hall 632
124 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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