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Undergraduate Ethics

Undergraduate Honors Program


The Undergraduate Honors Program in Ethics in Society offers students in any major the opportunity to write a senior honors thesis on topics that use moral and political philosophy to address practical problems. The Program is guided by the idea that ethical thought has application to current social questions and conflicts. We encourage moral reflection and practice in areas such as education, law, science, politics, and public service.

Previous theses have considered such questions as the just distribution of health care, our obligations to future generations, the role of moral values in education, the moral implications of genetic engineering, and the relationship between gender inequality, and the structures of work and family.

Students who write an honors thesis major in many disciplines, including Computer Science, Human Biology, International Relations, and Public Policy. Our students have won scholarships, including Marshall, Rhodes, and Fulbright fellowships. Others have taken the step from moral analysis to moral commitment, pursuing careers in public service.