Ethics program

mUndergrad minor

Learn to make well-grounded and informed ethical decisions

We encounter ethical questions every day on topics such as the environmental, capital punishment or animal rights. All students, no matter what field they choose, will face difficult ethical dilemmas in their career and personal life, and an understanding of ethics will help you navigate them.

UW-La Crosse's Ethics Minor is a suitable accompaniment to any major. Students will learn to recognize the morally-relevant features of ethically problematic situations, identify the pertinent ethical factors that must be considered, determine which morally-responsible decisions to make, and provide coherent defenses of their moral choices by identifying and adequately addressing the relevant moral objections they are likely to face.

What is ethics?

Ethics involves "systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior," according to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ethical theories are typically divided into three general subject areas:

  • Metaethics: Investigates where our ethical principles come from and what they mean.
  • Normative ethics: Aims to find moral standards that regulate right and wrong conduct.
  • Applied ethics: Involves examining specific controversial issues from animal rights to nuclear war.
    -Source: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Careers for ethics minors

While some specific career fields are directly served by the study of ethics, an ethics minor can complement any field. The minor is directly relevant for students in the natural and social sciences, allied health, business, sports science, education and the humanities. Example careers that benefit from an ethics minor include:

  • Clinical ethicist
  • Social activist
  • Human relations specialist
  • Minister or priest
  • Counselor or therapist

What distinguishes UWL's Ethics Program?

Internship opportunities

There is increasing availability of internships in applied ethics. For example, students may find internships focused on bioethics.

Applicable to your future

Ethics is an asset in your personal life or career. Employers regularly articulate they would like employees who have a demonstrable understanding of ethics. Also, being well grounded in ethics makes one a better citizen.

Fulfills a contemporary need

Recent National Survey of Student Engagement data gathered from UWL students completing the exit survey demonstrates that they would like to have a better understanding of ethics.

Community engagement

Some courses require engagement in a service learning project where students apply what they have learned in the classroom to the community setting.

Sample courses