Philosophy

Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics

The Certificate in Ethics is a Faculty of Arts certificate that aims to develop future ethical leaders in the humanities, business, science and the professions.  The Certificate program will provide students with a broad understanding of central ethical theories and with core competencies in the application of this theoretical knowledge to emerging ethical issues across a range of practical settings.

If you are considering this certificate, and you are in a Faculty other than Arts, please consult with your advisor to confirm this certificate will fit in your program.

  • Why should I take an Ethics Certificate?

    There is a growing recognition among employers, professionals, and academics of the need to carefully evaluate the ethics of our practices.  Students who complete the program may choose to utilize the learning outcomes outside the academy or to continue with a career in the academic setting. 

  • Who can take an Ethics Certificate?

    This Certificate is offered by the Faculty of Arts, but is open to undergraduate students in all Faculties at the University of Alberta. If you are in a Faculty other than Arts, please consult with your advisor to confirm this certificate will fit in your program. 

  • How do I apply?

    Students wishing to pursue the Certificate in Ethics must apply through the Faulty of Arts by the application Deadline for Graduation (see Academic Schedule).

    You can apply here, at any time during your degree prior to the deadline for graduation.  This link takes you to a google form, housed on the Faulty of Arts website, Student Services, Forms and Information for Students, Forms for Students, Declaration or Change of Certificate(s). 

     

  • What are the requirements?

    Students must complete:

    1. All program requirements for any undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta
    2. Phil 250

    * 15 additional required courses from the list of approved courses (list of courses on main page)

    Other courses in Philosophy or in another discipline may be applied to this certificate requirement as long as the course has been approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate. You must meet with the Associate Chair to confirm the course you are taking will meet the certificate requirement so that the appropriate paperwork is submitted by the Philosophy Department to the Faculty of Arts office. 

  • Advisor Contact Information

    Please contact our Associate Chair Undergraduate, Dr. Howard Nye hnye@ualberta.ca for information about this certificate

Certificate Requirements

Students must complete:

  1. All program requirements for any undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta
  2. Phil 250

* 15 additional required courses from the list of approved courses (list below )

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Society

PHIL 217: Biology, Society, and Values

PHIL 269: Moral Issues in a Christin Context

PHIL 279: Philosophy of Hunting

PHIL 350: Foundations of Ethics

PHIL 355: Environmental Ethics

PHIL 366: Computers and Culture

PHIL 368: Topics in Social Justice

PHIL 384: Topics in Practical Ethics

PHIL 386: Health Care Ethics

PHIL 450: Topics in Ethics

PHIL 451: Topics in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy

PHIL 470: Topics in Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 486/487: Directed Reading

PHIL 498: Honors Essay

CHRTC 394: Business Ethics: Christian Perspectives

EDPS 410:Ethics and Law in Teaching

KIN 401: Applied Ethics in Physical Education and Sport

POL S 469: Ethics in International Relations

WGS 390: Ecofeminism

Variable content courses may be repeated for credit if topics vary

PHIL 486/487 and PHIL 498 may only be applied when topic is appropriate and approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Other PHIL or AUPHI course may be applied when appropriate and approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Other courses with appropriate content that have been approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies; for example the ACUS has approved PHIL 345: Humans and Other Animals.  You must meet with the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies to ensure the required paperwork is submitted to the Faculty of Arts office.