Certificate in Ethics, Values, and Society

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.

Requirements

Total Credits Required

18 credits

Required Foundation Ethics Course (3 credits)

One of the following:

  • Philos 241 - Introductory Ethics, 3 credits
  • Philos 341 - Modern Ethical Theories, 3 credits
  • Philos 349 - Great Moral Philosophers, 3 credits


Required Foundation Social/Political Philosophy (3 credits)

One of the following:

  • Philos 242 - Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy, 3 credits
  • Philos 355 - Political Philosophy, 3 credits
  • Philos 384 - The Philosophy of Law, 3 credits


Electives (9 credits)
  • Africology 261 - Survey of African American Political Philosophy, 3 credits
  • Africology 265 - The Psychological Effects of Racism, 3 credits
  • Africology 329 - Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa, 3 credits
  • Africology 341 - Black Politics and City Government, 3 credits
  • Africology 351 - Sex, Marriage, and Healthcare in the Afroworld, 3 credits
  • Africology 416 - Race, Injustice, and Change in America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 104 - Lifeways in Different Cultures, 3 credits
  • Anthro 440 - Medical Anthropology, 3 credits
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: w/appropriate subtitle, 3 credits
  • CompLit 232 - Literature and Politics: w/appropriate subtitle, 3 credits
  • CompLit 309 - Great Works of Modern Literature: w/appropriate subtitle, 3 credits
  • CompLit 350 - Topics in Comparative Literature: w/appropriate subtitle, 3 credits
  • CompLit 360 - Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: w/appropriate subtitle, 3 credits
  • CompLit 464 - Seminar in Comparative Literary Criticism, 3 credits
  • Econ 328 - Environmental Economics, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 501 - Advanced Community Organizing, 3 credits
  • Geog 309 - Nationalities and Nations, 3 credits
  • Geog 400 - Population, Environment and Development, 3 credits
  • Geog 464 - Environmental Problems, 3 credits
  • Geog 564 - Urban Environmental change and Social Justice, 3 credits
  • Global 361 - Environment and Sustainability, 3 credits
  • InfoSt 120 - Information Technology Ethics, 3 credits
  • InfoSt 661 - Ethics and the Information Society, 3 credits
  • Italian 258 - Contemporary Italian Society and Culture, 3 credits
  • Italian 357 - Topics in Italian Culture in Translation: (w/appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • JAMS 361 - Media Ethics, 3 credits
  • JAMS 381 - Honor’s Seminar: “Controlling Dissent” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Jewish/Hebr St 261 - Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images, 3 credits
  • Jewish 321 - The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory, 3 credits
  • Jewish/Hebr St 368 - Responses to the Holocaust, 3 credits
  • Jewish 449 - Modern Jewish Thought, 3 credits
  • Philos 235 - Philosophical Aspects of Feminism, 3 credits
  • Philos 237 - Technology, Values, and Society, 3 credits
  • Philos 243 - Moral Problems, 3 credits
  • Philos 244 - Ethical Problems in Healthcare, 3 credits
  • Philos 337 - Environmental Ethics, 3 credits
  • Philos 435 - Existentialism, 3 credits
  • Philos 535 - Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory, 3 credits
  • Philos 542 - Punishment and Responsibility, 3 credits
  • Philos 562 - Special Topics in Ethics and Political Philosophy, 3 credits
  • Sociol 450 - Environmental Sociology, 3 credits
  • Trnsltn 411 - Ethics and Procedures in Interpreting, 3 credits
  • WGS 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • WGS 200 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Social Science Perspective, 3 credits
  • WGS 201 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: An Humanities Perspective, 3 credits
  • WGS 300 - Gender and Spirituality, 3 credits
  • WGS 301 - Queer Theory, 3 credits
  • WGS 302 - Gendered Bodies, 3 credits
  • WGS 303 - Feminist Activism and Movements, 3 credits
  • WGS 401 - Global Feminism, 3 credits
  • WGS 410 - Feminist Theory, 3 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.

Additional 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.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students earn at least a 2.500 GPA on courses counted toward the certificate.