The Certificate in Ethics, Values, and Society (CEVS) is an academic program for undergraduates to explore questions about ethics, politics, and social justice across topics and subject areas. Students who obtain this Certificate gain the knowledge and skills necessary to ask practical and applied questions about ethical, legal, social, and political issues, enabling them to dive deeper into their areas of interest and majors. Students also learn about the theoretical foundations of these kinds of inquiries and how to seek out different perspectives and responses.
Listed below are the requirements for the Certificate in Ethics, Values, and Society. You are strongly advised to consult both the Philosophy advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.
|Total Credits Required|
|Required Foundation Ethics Course (3 credits)|
One of the following:
|Required Foundation Social/Political Philosophy (3 credits)|
One of the following:
|Electives (9 credits)|
|Required Capstone (3 credits)|
The capstone requirement is fulfilled through a 500-600 level undergraduate seminar focused on issues of ethics, value, and/or social justice. An appropriate seminar will be offered in the Philosophy Department at least once per academic year. (The seminar will include non-certificate students at well.) For the Certificate students, the seminar will require a paper in which students bring the theoretical resources learned in the Certificate’s foundational courses to bear in the analysis and examination of a relatively concrete and specific ethical or political issue, often (and preferably) an issue that the student has studied previously in other Certificate elective courses (such as the Holocaust, global warming, cybersecurity, population displacement, global health issues, et cetera).With the consent of the Coordinator and the instructor, students also can fulfill this requirement through a seminar with the appropriate focus taken in another department. Consent must be obtained before the course begins, to enable the parties to consult with one another.
|Awarding the Certificate|
Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree will receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.
At least 12 credits must be in courses from the College of Letters and Science, and at least 6 of the L&S credits must be at the 300 level or above. At least 12 credits must be earned in residence at UWM, and at least 9 of the credits taken in residence must be at the 300 level or above. No more than 12 credits from any one department may count toward the certificate. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit bases.
The College requires that students earn at least a 2.500 GPA on courses counted toward the certificate.