Several philosophy departments are offering “ethics certificates” and other ethics programs, according to an article at Inside Higher Ed.
Millersville University’s Department of Philosophy has added an “Ethics and Society” certificate program. It requires students take five courses: Introduction to Ethics and then four others selected from of a variety of ethics-related courses on offer. The certification appears on the students’ transcripts.
Temple University Philosophy has had an ethics certificate program since 2016. Miriam Solomon, who was involved in the program’s creation, says “I think the certificate reflected my personal view that a little bit of philosophy, short of a minor or major, can really enrich a liberal arts education. I also wanted something that [the students] could put on their CVs for employers”
The Department of Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire has three-course “cognates” available for students to take in either “Business, Innovation, and Technology” or “Political and Legal Philosophy.”
The creation of these programs seems spurred by a mix of a concern with increasing enrollments, demonstrating the practical value of philosophical study to students, employers, and administrators, and trying to provide curricular offerings that facilitate students taking several philosophy courses in a purposeful way without having to commit to majoring in it.
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