Undergraduate Ethics Certificate

Study the central issues, concepts, history and methodologies of ethical reasoning with the Ethics Undergraduate Certificate in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. This 12-credit certificate is offered by the Department of Philosophy and available to Temple undergraduate students in all majors. 

You’ll develop an intellectual and practical framework for understanding ethical problems in your everyday life, as well as within specific fields such as business, environmental policy and medicine, among others. In your coursework, you’ll learn to critically examine arguments, express yourself articulately, and reason and resolve ethical dilemmas.

The Ethics Certificate program prepares students for professional life by teaching them how to define and follow ethical guidelines and codes of conduct. In your professional pursuits, you’ll demonstrate the ability to understand ethics in the workplace and public life, and be committed to ethical leadership.

Classes & Curriculum

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

All Ethics Certificate coursework begins with the required Introduction to Ethical Theory course. Students select two of the following applied/professional ethics course options, some of which are offered at the honors level.

  • Business Society and Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethics in Medicine

To complete the certificate, students choose one of the following.

  • Classics in Moral Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Good & Bad, Right & Wrong

Learn more about Undergraduate Ethics Certificate coursework.

Related Graduate Degrees


The skills gained from a liberal arts degree are highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving world. Apply the experience and knowledge acquired in the Ethics Certificate (Undergraduate) program to your professional pursuits across many organizations and industries, including academics, cultural institutions, government agencies or the social sciences. The program can serve as a pathway for graduate study, including professional studies in business, law and medicine.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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