Ethics and Global Studies. Bachelor of Arts (BA)

What is Ethics and Global Studies?

In this program, students study history, philosophy, religious studies and politics, with the goal of developing ethical approaches to living together in our complex world.

Ethics and Global Studies at Augustana

Taking ethics and global studies at Augustana means you'll ask big questions about world problems. You'll be able to pursue topics like the environment, international relations, religious conflict and peace building, and Indigenous studies. Studying complex problems will prepare you to adapt to various work environments and will cement your future as a life-long learner.

Program Information

Interdisciplinary Studies: Ethics and Global Studies is available as a:

  • Major in the Bachelor of Arts degree program

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Academic Innovations

All programs at Augustana include a wide-ranging liberal arts Core, taught within our unique “3-11” calendar

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An undergraduate degree majoring in Ethics and Global Studies from Augustana will equip you for a variety of careers such as:

  • Career Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • NGO Executive
  • Public Health Physician
  • and many more!

Ethics and Global Studies AlumnUS

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Ryan Mason (left)
Entrepeneur + Urban Farmer

“At Augustana, I was taught the skills to learn on my own,” says Mason. “Augustana pushed me well outside my comfort zone. I came out with the confidence that if there is something I want to learn how to do, I know I can.”

Course Highlights

302 - Exploring Body Issues

This course introduces students to some of the contemporary discussions and debates regarding the body as a social phenomenon taking place within feminism and related fields. Students will learn how to critically unpack the power that operates through bodily reactions to self, others, and society through various threads of feminist theories.


248 - Model United Nations

Preparation for and participation in a multiple-university, international Model United Nations Assembly or similar competition.


260 - Ethics

Examination of questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and reasons for action, through study of ethical theories of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill.


325 - Sex & Gender in Ancient Religions

An examination of religious texts and artifacts from the ancient world (e.g. biblical texts, Mesopotamian myths, iconography on statuary, reliefs, etc.), with a specific focus on representations of sex and gender. The course will introduce contemporary issues in gender theory to use as a lens for examining material from the ancient world, with the goal of better understanding various human beliefs and practices in relation to sexuality, the body and construction of gender.


355 - Philosophy & the Environment

Investigation of the philosophical and social issues related to technology and the environment. Topics may include the natural/artificial distinction, different meanings of environment, the ways we understand, package, and manage nature as well as issues in environmental ethics and aesthetics. May include texts by Western and Indigenous thinkers.


More courses in the Course Catalogue: History, Philosophy, Political Studies, Religious Studies.


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Geoffrey Dipple, PhD

Geoff Dipple earned his PhD. in early modern European history at Queen's University. He has published in the history of the Protestant Reformation in the German-speaking lands.

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Mélanie Méthot, PhD

Dr. Méthot teaches courses in Canadian History, Crime and Criminal Justice in Canada, Women in Canadian History, Quebec History and Methods of Historical Research.

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Sandra Rein, PhD

Sandra Rein teaches in the areas of international relations, international political economy, and social thought. Her current research focuses on Raya Dunayevskaya.

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Craig Wentland, M.Div.

Craig Wentland teaches Religious Studies courses in the area of biblical studies and Christian theology. He is also the Augustana Chaplain and provides pastoral care.

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Janet Wesselius, PhD

Dr. Wesselius's research mainly focuses on feminist epistemology & philosophy of science and environmental theory.

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Joseph Wiebe, PhD

Joseph Wiebe teaches introductory courses in Religious Studies, Religion and Ecology, and Ethics.

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Ian Wilson, PhD

Ian D. Wilson teaches introductory courses on the religions of the world, theories of religion, and cultures of the ancient Near East.

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Shauna Wilton, PhD

Dr. Wilton's main teaching areas are related to gender, ethnicity, popular culture, and law and politics. She also does research on teaching.

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