Students must complete 3 credits in ethics (one 3-credit course, or a series of 1- or 2-credit courses) from this approved list of University offerings. Students may choose from a variety of courses in several liberal arts disciplines. Students who wish to propose another course for consideration should write to the Director, . Please include a syllabus if you have one.

Liberal Arts Ethics Courses

AFAM / HIST / PLSC 431 Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy (3) This course examines efforts by African Americans to carve out a space with regards to international affairs from the Second World War to the present building on efforts by this non-state actor from slavery, colonial and Empire-building stages of the development of the world system.

AFR / PL SC 443 Ethnic Conflict in Africa (3) This course explores the various causes and impacts of ethnic conflicts in the African context.

ANTH 433 Archaeological Ethics and Law (3) Introductory course that examines prominent ethical and legal issues in archaeology integral to modern applied research and practice.

ANTH 458 Ethnographic Field Methods (3) Course introduces students to ethnographic field methods, includes student projects and simple analyses that don't require statistical sophistication.

ASIA / RLST 104 Introduction to Buddhism (3) A general survey of the basic doctrine, practice, and historical development of Hinayana and Mahayana buddhism.

ASIA / RLST 181 Introduction to the Religions of China and Japan (3) A survey of the history, philosophy, and cultural impact of the major Far Eastern religions: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Shinto.

BIOET 401Q Science, Ethics, Policy, and Law (3) This course explores the ethical, policy, and legal implications of science, and the implications of science for ethics, policy, and law. 

BMH 490 Bioethics: Mapping the Field (3) Bioethics and Medical Humanities Minor Capstone Course -- Students will integrate knowledge from their BMH minor through discussion and writing a paper on some aspect of medical humanities.

CAS 175 Persuasion and Propaganda (3) An introductory examination of how symbols have been used to create belief and action in revolutionary, totalitarian, and democratic settings.

CAS 209 / PLSC 209 Democratic Leadership (1) This course introduces students to deliberative democratic theory and offers them the chance to reflect on and practice effective dialogic strategies for changing governance and society. The class is a necessary prerequisite for participating in Penn State's Nevins Fellows summer internship program.

CAS 250 Small Group Communication (3) Skill development in the areas of group discussion, leadership, and teamwork.

CAS 373 The Rhetorics of War and Peace (3) This course explores how war and peace are advocated.

CAS 426W Communication Ethics (3) Ethical issues in public and private communication; role of communication in expressing and realizing individual and social values.

CMLIT 101 Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature (3) Identity and race, gender and heritage, centrality and marginality, self and other, as expressed in literary works from around the world. 

CMLIT / ENGL / JST 128 The Holocaust in Film and Literature (3) Thematic, formal, and historical analysis of filmic and literary representation of the Holocaust.

CMLIT 131 Crime and Detection in World Literature (3) Issues of ethics, truth, justice, and social order as embodied in crime and detective literature, presented in comparative contexts.

CMLIT 143 Human Rights and World Literature (3) Human rights violations discussed in tandem with their literary representation, presented in a global and comparative context.

CMLIT 400Y Senior Seminar in Literary Criticism and Theory (3) Discussions of theories of literature, of literary criticism, and particularly of the distinct methods of comparative study; individual projects.

CMLIT 455 Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature (3) Concepts of ethics, justice, and rights, appearing in world literature and/or film.

ENGL 234 Sports/Ethics/Literature (3) This course explores what sports can tell us about the cultures that promote them.

ENGL 236N Inequality: Economics, Philosophy, Literature (3) The class will mostly focus on economic inequality, but as you will discover, discussions of economic inequality quickly involve discussions of other forms of inequality (principally race and gender) besides economic inequality, and we shall consider those as well.

ENGL 312 Globality and Literature (3) Examines relationships between literature and culture, through the study of major texts in English by writers of various cultures.

GER / RUS 143 The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism (3) The culture of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany in comparative perspective.

GER 190 Twentieth Century German Literature in English Translation: Narratives of Injustice (3) We will examine the uniquely German experience of the 20th century by situating a variety of novels and films into their socio-political context, and we will show their relevance and use them to discuss social injustice as a global and timeless phenomenon by tying them to political debates of the 21st century.

HIST / J ST 140 The Israel-Palestine Conflict (3) Roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict; relations between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East from 19th century to present.

HIST 142 History of Communism (3) Marxism; Leninism and evolution of the Soviet Union; formation and development of the Communist bloc; impact of Chinese Communism.

HIST / JST 143 History of Fascism and Nazism (3) The study of right-wing totalitarianism in the twentieth century, with special emphasis on Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

HIST 144 The World at War: 1939-1945 (3) In-depth study of the origins and conduct of World War II. Political and economic aspects as well as military.

IT 415 Dante (3) Readings in the Divina Commedia and the related lesser works of Dante Alighieri.

IT 490 Dante in Translation (3) The reading of Dante's Divine Comedy and selected minor works.

JST / PHIL / RLST 135 Ethics in Jewish Tradition and Thought (3) Examination of Jewish ethical thought from biblical foundations to the modern period, with attention to contemporary issues in moral philosophy.

JST / PLSC 450H Genocide and Tyranny (3) This course focuses on the conceptualization and socio-political determinants of genocide and tyrannical regimes, with an emphasis on the Holocaust.

JST / RLST 478 Ethics After the Holocaust (3) Explores the philosophical effects of the Holocaust for thinking about the primary question: Is ethics possible?

LER 460 Human Resources Ethics (3) Ethics of human resources management.

LHR 460 Ethics in the Workplace (3) This course will explore ethics from both a normative and behavioral perspective.

PHIL 001 Basic Problems of Philosophy (3) Introduction to central philosophical themes, including the mind/body problem, the existence of God, ethical problems, the nature of reality.

PHIL 003 Persons, Moral Values and the Good Life (3) Major ethical positions and assumptions regarding questions of freedom, choice, obligation, and conflicts in contemporary moral conduct, values, and reasoning.

PHIL 009 Philosophy, Race, and Diversity (3) Critically examines the significance of race and cultural diversity for, and in, understandings of reality, knowledge, truth, morality, and justice.

PHIL 013 Philosophy, Nature, and the Environment (3) Studies competing historical and contemporary conceptions of nature, their philosophical foundations, and their implications for environmental problems and public policy.

PHIL 014 Philosophy of Love and Sex (3) Explores Western theories and attitudes concerning intimacy and examines various ethical issues involving love and sex.

PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics (3) Ethical theory about virtue, duty, autonomy, and life quality applied to moral problems, including character, violence, oppression, abortion, and suicide.

PHIL 105 Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics (3) Historical and contemporary philosophies of law; concepts of responsibility, property, rights, and justice; and ethical issues in legal practice.

PHIL 106 Introduction to Business Ethics (3) Studies ethical foundations of business and ethical problems in business practices such as advertising, international trade, labor relations, and marketing.

PHIL 108 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (3) Critical introduction to political authority, rights, justice, community, inequality, power, pluralism, and other contemporary, social, and political issues.

PHIL 118 Introduction to Environmental Philosophy (3) Considers the moral status of the environment and applies ethical theory to issues such as preservation, hunger, pollution, and sustainability.

PHIL 119 Ethical Leadership (3) Introduction to philosophical theories of ethics and leadership. Uses literary and biographical texts in developing skills of application.

PHIL / PSYCH / SOC 120N Knowing Right from Wrong (3) Provides a comprehensive understanding of the nature of moral ideas, beliefs, and behaviors in contemporary contexts.

PHIL 123 Introduction to Ethics in Media and Journalism (3) Studies ethical problems, human values, and politics in differing media forms and the ways media shape such problems and values.

PHIL 124 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3) Explores the meaning of religious belief and experience, the existence of God, ideas of spirituality, and the question of immortality.

PHIL 131N / SC 205N Identifying Bias and Falsehood (3) The course will consider the ways statements are used for aims other than to convey accurate information. 

PHIL 132 / RLST 131 Introduction to Bioethics (3) Studies questions of ethics in relation to biotechnology research and implementation, genetic engineering, medicine, animal and human rights.

PHIL / RLST 133N Ethics of Climate Change (3) This course will cover the science, policy, and ethics of climate change.

PHIL 233 / STS 233 Ethics and the Design of Technology (3) Ethics and individual and group decision-making in the design of technology including design projects and specific attention to institutional ethics.

PHIL 403 Environmental Ethics (3) Examines ethical theories, justice, rights, community, and human values revolving around such issues as preservation, conservation, pollution, sustainability, and population.

PHIL 405 Philosophy of Law (3) Examines philosophical views of the nature of law, legal ethics, law and society through questions regarding definition, interpretation, and institutions.

PHIL 406 Business Ethics (3) Examines the moral justification of business practices and economic systems through critical analyses of case studies and applied ethical theories.

PHIL 407 / STS 407 Technology and Human Values (3) Interrelationships of twentieth-century technological change and human values. Emphasis on the social and ethical aspects of technological progress.

PHIL 418 Ethics (3) Examines ethical theories, justice, rights, community, and human values revolving around such issues as preservation, conservation, pollution, sustainability, and population.

PHIL 432 / STS 432 Medical and Health Care Ethics (3) Examines ethical, political, and social issues in the research, implementation, and practice of medicine, medical technologies, and healthcare.

PHIL 433 / STS 433 Ethics in Science and Engineering (3) Ethical issues arising in the practice of science and engineering and their philosophical analysis.

PLSC / WMNST 428 Gender and Politics (3) Gender in politics in the United States and around the world; major areas of women and politics research.

PLSC 430 and PLSC 430W Selected Works in the History of Political Theory (3) Detailed examination and analysis of a selected major work, thinker, or tradition in the history of political theory.

PLSC 450H / JST 450H Genocide and Tyranny (3) This course focuses on the conceptualization and socio-political determinants of genocide and tyrannical regimes, with an emphasis on the Holocaust.

PLSC 474 Civil Liberities and Due Process (3) Fundamental problems relating to civil liberties and due process.

PSYCH 105 Psychology as a Science and Profession (3) Overview of history and methods of psychology as a science and profession; applications and ethical issues in psychology.

RLST 1 Introduction to World Religions (3) An historical and comparative survey of the principal beliefs and practices of the world's major religions.

RLST 130 The Ethics of Western Religion (3) History of theological-social ethics of the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

SOC 119 Race and Ethnic Relations (3) Historical patterns and current status of racial and ethnic groups; inequality, competition, and conflict; social movements; government policy.

SOC 428 Homelessness in America (3) Survey of social science research on homelessness in the contemporary United States.

WMNST 458 / BBH 458 Critical Issues in Reproduction (3) Examination and analysis of the new reproductive technologies from the standpoint of medical ethics, feminism, and sociocultural influences. 

A Sampling of Offerings in Other Colleges

This list is not all-inclusive, so if you have questions about a particular non-Liberal Arts course, please write to the Director, .

BA 242 Social and Ethical Environment of Business (2) Explores the social and ethical environment of business and ethical decision making in a business context.

BA 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business (4) Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business.

BA 342 Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Ethical Business Practice (3) Course examines actions taken by corporations that impact global citizenship, environmental sustainability, and the economic stability of international societies. It further looks at relationships, rights, and responsibilities between businesses, business decision-makers and their stakeholders.

BBH 143 Drugs, Behavior, and Health (3) Health aspects of use and abuse of licit and illicit drugs; related social problems and prevention. Designed for non-BB H majors.

BBH 301 Values and Ethics in Human Development Professions (3) Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.

CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy (3) Understanding community decision-making, citizen-expert interactions and methods for resolving seemingly intractable conflicts associated with public issues.

COMM 409 News Media Ethics (3) Ethical problems in the practice of journalism; principal public criticisms of news media; case study approach.

COMM 417 Ethics and Regulation in Advertising and Public Relations (3) Ethical issues in practice of advertising and public relations; legal and regulatory issues; case studies.

EDTHP 234H Honors Leadership Jumpstart (3) Intensive survey of contemporary leadership theory joined with practice, team-building skills, policy formation and influence, and service leadership.

EDTHP / CIED 440 Introduction to Philosophy of Education (3) Introduction to the examination of educational theory and practice from philosophical perspectives, classical and contemporary.

EGEE / MATSC 101 Energy and the Environment (3) Energy utilization and technological development, energy resources, conversion and consequences on the local and global environment, and future energy alternatives.

EGEE 102 Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection (3) Exposure to energy efficiency in day-to-day life to save money and energy, and thereby protect the environment.

ENGR 408 Leadership Principles (2) An introduction to an exploration of theories and principles of leadership, supplemented by presentations given by industry and government leaders.

ENGR 493 Individual Leadership Experience (1) Approved individual project or internship for students to practice the leadership skills developed in the Engineering Leadership Development Minor.

GEOG 430 Human Use of Environment (3) The human use of resources and ecosystems and social causes and consequences of environmental degradation in different parts of the world; development of environmental policy and management strategies.

HONOR 301H The Role of Knowledge and Critical Thinking in Developing Policy (3) Students will adopt global perspectives in examining critical issues facing our world, including problem solving, analysis, and future perspectives.

LARCH 065 Built Environment and Culture (3) Investigates the relationship between socio-cultural practices and the development and organization of contemporary built environments.

MGMT 451 Business, Ethics, and Society (3) Advanced examination of social, ethical, legal, economic, equity, environmental, public policy, and political influences on managerial decisions and strategies.

NURS 464 Dying and Death (3) Focuses on the exploration of attitudes toward death and dying, concept of grief, responsibilities to the dying person and the family across cultures.

NUTR 425 Global Nutrition Problems: Health, Science, and Ethics (3) Examines causes of malnutrition and health problems in low-income countries; explores international cultures and ethical issues related to hunger.

SUST 200 Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability (3) Science, ethics, and leadership in social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

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