Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics in the Faculty of Arts positions students to become ethical leaders in the humanities, business, civil service, law, healthcare, science, and other professions. The curriculum provides a broad understanding of central ethical theories together with core competencies in their application to emerging ethical issues in individual and social life. The Certificate in Ethics is a valuable credential for future professionals, public and private sector employees, as well as those planning to pursue graduate degrees.

  • 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, Contemporary Ethical Issues
      3. An additional *15 credits in ethics from the approved course list

    See the University Calendar for course requirements for the Certificate in Ethics.

    Other courses with appropriate content can be approved by the Undergraduate Program Director upon request. You must meet with the Undergraduate Program Director or Advisor to ensure the required paperwork is submitted to the Faculty of Arts office.

  • Advisor Contact Information

    Please contact our Undergraduate Advisor at philudgr@ualberta.ca or our Undergraduate Program Director if you have any questions.

     

 

Breadth and Depth of Knowledge:  

● You will demonstrate an understanding of the nature and historical development of current philosophical theories, methods, and concepts, such as theories of ethics, aesthetics, logic, science, social justice, mind, metaphysics, and epistemology.

● You will be able to apply these theories, methods, and concepts to practical problems, such as those regarding science, politics, healthcare, artificial intelligence, animals, and the environment.

● You will recognize the value and limits of diverse philosophical methods, approaches, and traditions. 

 

Proficiencies 

Critical Reasoning: You will be able to analyze arguments presented in academic, popular, and social media, identifying key ideas, evaluating evidence, and formulating carefully reasoned responses. Using these skills, you will be able to reflect upon and critically assess the evidence and arguments for your own ethical beliefs, values, and principles. 

Communication: You will be able to synthesize and communicate complex ideas persuasively in oral and written communications, visual presentations, and other media to a variety of audiences, including colleagues, academics, and the general public. 

Problem solving: You will be able to analyze ethical problems from different perspectives, anticipate adverse effects of possible responses, and develop original and fruitful solutions. 

Interpersonal skills: You will be open to new ideas, worldviews, opinions and values, and able to mediate between conflicting positions and offer respectful, constructive feedback in collaborative settings. 

Research Integrity: You will employ discipline-appropriate methods in conducting inquiries, acknowledge and avoid potential sources of bias, and ensure fairness and impartiality in your assessments and conclusions.