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 Undergraduate Advisor at philudgr@ualberta.ca or our Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and Teaching at hnye@ualberta.ca

Certificate Requirements

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

You must meet with the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies to ensure the required paperwork is submitted to the Faculty of Arts office. Other courses with appropriate content can be approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies upon request.