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The study of ethics captures a central feature of a Villanova education: a commitment to a more just and peaceful world.

Here at Villanova University, we believe that at the heart of every human endeavor we find assumptions about what it means to live well as human beings in the world and in relationships with others—human, non-human, and divine. The aim of the Ethics Program is to provide students with opportunities to explore these assumptions, to understand their origins in our great intellectual traditions, and to engage them critically using methods and resources both theological and philosophical. Almost all students at Villanova take “The Good Life: Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems,” a course in which we advance this aim.


The Ethics minor is open to all undergraduate students at Villanova University, and is a valuable complement to any course of study.

  • Stand out from other job or graduate school applicants and prepare yourself for ethics-based interview questions.
  • Prepare yourself to handle the ethical decisions that arise in every career.
  • Gain deeper insights into human values, motivations, and goals.

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as the Villanova School of Business, take "The Good Life: Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems" as part of the core curriculum. Typically, they take it in sophomore year, and it is a signature course of a Villanova liberal arts education.

Since 2000, the Villanova Ethics Program sponsors a team consisting of five undergraduate students to prepare, travel, and compete in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl®. Our teams often do very well in these competitions—often making it to the final rounds in the national competition. Learn more about the Ethics Bowl.

Announcement for Catherine of Siena Fellowship Starting Date: Fall 2023


The Ethics Program of Villanova University seeks candidates for the Catherine of Siena Fellowship. This position offers a teacher-scholar an opportunity to hone their teaching skills, advance their research agenda, and receive mentorship from a senior scholar in their guild. Candidates should have either expertise in Christian ethics, with competency to teach Western philosophical ethics, or expertise in Western philosophical ethics, with competency to teach Christian ethics. A candidate will also have demonstrated competence in voices that are traditionally underrepresented in, and/or marginalized by, the Western canon.  Successful candidates will have a clear commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence in an educational environment and must be willing to contribute to Villanova’s strategic plan for an inclusive community. Responsibilities include a 3/3 teaching load with the core ethics course as the primary course, research, plus committee service work for the program. A Ph.D. should be in hand by August 1, 2023. The position is for one year, renewable up to 4 years.. Application documents should include a cover letter indicating competencies noted above, C.V., unofficial graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, any evidence of teaching experience.  Letters of recommendation will be solicited if warranted. All documents can be submitted electronically. To apply, visit Villanova is a Roman Catholic University sponsored by the Augustinian Order; a AA/EEO employer, Villanova seeks a diverse faculty committed to scholarship, service, and especially teaching, who understand, respect, and will contribute to the mission and values of the university. Application deadline is December 15, 2022. All preliminary interviews will be completed via Zoom. For more details visit

 or contact Dr. Mark Doorley at

Catherine of Siena Scholar Mentorship Program

Villanova University, SAC Room 104
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Director: Mark Doorley
Assoc. Director: Brett Wilmot
Admin. Asst.: Peggy Elder