Mission Statement

Villanova University

The Ethics Program at Villanova University's principle role is the administration of Ethics 2050: "The Good Life and Contemporary Moral Problems." In addition, the program oversees and administers a concentration and a minor in ethics.

The university believes issues of ethics and values are at the heart of every human endeavor. In addition to regular requirements in the sciences and humanities, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Villanova School of Business require each student to take a special interdisciplinary course—ETH 2050—typically in their sophomore year. This course serves to move students from gaining knowledge about the normative content of the traditions encountered at this Catholic, Augustianian university and engaging knowledge in the pursuit of wisdom and justice for the sake of a genuinely common good, mediated, in part, through voices that represent diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, and geography. This course  contributes to the implementation of Villanova's mission statement, which states that, as a Catholic insitution, Villanova both emphasizes the values of the Jewish and Christian humanistic traditions and concerns itself with all value systems.