Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Applied Ethics

Coordinator: Jason Hanna (jhanna@niu.edu)

The Department of Philosophy coordinates the undergraduate certificate in applied ethics, which is designed to enhance knowledge of ethical theories and principles and their application to real-world moral problems. The required course examines the principal ethical theories in Western thought. The electives examine ethical concerns specific to a variety of disciplines—business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, journalism, and social sciences.

The certificate of undergraduate study in applied ethics is open to all students admitted to NIU. Students must maintain good academic standing within the university, achieve a minimum grade of C in each course applied toward the certificate, and complete all certificate work within a period of six calendar years. All course requirements for the certificate must be completed at NIU. Some courses may have prerequisites that are not part of the certificate curriculum. Students are strongly encouraged to take PHIL 331, Ethics, early in the certificate curriculum. Students pursuing the certificate should also meet with the coordinator as early in their programs of study as possible.

Requirements (12)

PHIL 331, Ethics (3)

Three of the following (9)

COMS 403, Freedom of Speech and Communication Ethics (3)
COMS 455, Media Law and Ethics (3)
JOUR 480, Journalism Law and Regulation (3)
MGMT 301, Business and Society (3)
PHHE 435, Ethical Decision Making for Health Professionals (3)
PHIL 335, Environmental Ethics (3)
PHIL 336, Biomedical Ethics (3)
PHIL 337, Business Ethics (3)
PHIL 362, Philosophy of Law (3)
POLS 322, Politics and the Life Sciences (3)
POLS 323, Biomedicine and the Law (3)
POLS 359, War, Empire, and Ethics (3)
TECH 401, Ethics in Technology (3)

PHIL 390, Contemporary Topics in Philosophy, and PHIL 430, Topics in Ethics, may be substituted as electives, subject to approval of the certificate coordinator, provided that they primarily cover topics in applied ethics.

For additional information:
Phone: 815-753-0331
Email the Coordinator of the certificate, Jason Hanna (jhanna@niu.edu)