Welcome to the Ethics Program website where you can meet our faculty, learn more about our undergraduate programs, and get additional information about the role our program plays as part of Villanova University’s Augustinian mission of transforming hearts and minds.
The Ethics Program is staffed by the director, associate director, three post-doctoral Catherine of Siena Fellows, and an administrative assistant. Additional faculty from Theology and Religious Studies, Philosophy, Humanities and Augustinian Traditions, and the Center for Peace and Justice serve the program through teaching and administrative service on our steering committee. We are proud to be an interdisciplinary program that works with interested parties from around our great university.
Villanova University believes that issues of ethics and values are at the heart of every human endeavor. With this in mind, the Ethics Program offers an introductory course in ethics (ETH 2050) that is a required course for all students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Business.
In addition, the Ethics Program provides both a concentration and minor that is available to students in all of the University’s undergraduate colleges. These offer students opportunities to pursue in depth an intellectual discipline that studies human character and conduct—whom we ought to be and what we ought to do. Both the concentration and the minor promote a greater understanding of ethics as a discipline from theological and philosophical perspectives, and both contribute to Villanova’s character as a Catholic, Augustinian university.
In addition to academic offerings, the Ethics Program sponsors co-curricular and extra-curricular events such as the annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, the Ethics Bowl, Ethics for Lunch, and the Ethics Lecture.