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Academic Programs

The responsibilities of the Ethics Program include administration of ETH 2050, the Ethics Concentration, and the Ethics Minor. Each of these contributes to the development of our students' moral awareness and reasoning, an essential aim of the university's Catholic and Augustinian mission.

As the informal capstone course for the college's core curriculum, "The Good Life: Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems" (ETH 2050) is an interdisciplinary course that integrates students' previous work in Philosophy, Theology, and the Augustine and Culture Seminars around fundamental questions about what it means to live a good human life. We explore questions about human nature, human reason, fundamental values, social relationships, the common good, and more, by drawing on philosophical and theological methods and resources.

The Ethics Concentration provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue the study of applied ethics within different tracks, including Ethics and Healthcare; Ethics, Politics, and Law; Ethics and Public Policy; and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, and Environment. Completion of the concentration involves at least 100 hours of volunteer service and our Integrating Seminar (ETH 4000) during students' senior year.

The Ethics Minor encourages students to pursue a more theoretical study of ethics through a series of courses in theological and philosophical ethics.

All of our programing aims to promote awareness of the moral dimensions of human life and to contribute to Villanova's mission of changing hearts and minds in the spirit of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas.


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