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The Ethics Concentration is a multi-departmental program designed to complement and enhance a student’s major program, as well as to prepare students for graduate studies and professional careers. The Concentration is open to all Rowan undergraduate and graduate students.

Nearly all professions now have codes of ethics, and many businesses require employees to adhere to various standards of conduct. The concentration is flexible enough to suit our students’ diverse majors and career goals. For example, a student who majors in business and completes the Ethics Concentration might serve as a company’s ethics officer; a student who majors in nursing or biology and completes the concentration could run a hospital ethics committee; a student who majors in political science and studies ethics would be well qualified to pursue graduate work in public policy or law.

The Ethics Concentration contains a core designed to sharpen your critical thinking and reasoning skills in the context of moral reflection. These core courses stress ethical theories and application of ethical theories.


Total Credits Required: 18 semester hours

A) Take both of the following:

  1. Introduction to Ethics, 3sh, 1509.250 or 1509.251 (WI)
  2. Contemporary Moral Problems, 3 sh, 1509.392 or 1509.393 (WI)

B). Take 2 of the following:

  • Philosophy and Gender, 3 sh, 1509.129
  • Philosophy and Society, 3 sh, 1509.240
  • Business Ethics, 3 sh, 1509.322
  • Religions of the World, 3 sh, 1510.200
  • Religion in America, 3 sh, 1510.210
  • Environmental Ethics, 3 sh
  • An approved Honors, Rowan seminar, or Philosophy and Religion course

C). Take 2 of the following:

  • Any course from Bank B
  • Approved service learning activity (up to 6 sh)
  • Choice of courses from interdisciplinary bank

D). Portfolio

  • The portfolio will be used to evaluate a student’s personal growth and academic progress in the study of Ethics. A portfolio provides a comprehensive record of experiences, achievements, and demonstration of competencies. The portfolio adds depth to course transcripts.

Students interested in the Ethics Concentration should contact:

Dr. Ellen Miller, Coordinator, Ethics Concentration
Department of Philosophy and Religion, Bunce Hall, Third Floor

Dr. David Clowney, Chair
Department of Philosophy and Religion

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Main Office: 856-256-4075