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Philosophy Department

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building
PHONE: (208) 885-6328
FAX: (208) 885-5102

Mailing Address:
Philosophy Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3173, 83844-3173
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

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Professional Ethics Certificate

A certificate in Professional Ethics provides background and depth in the concepts, theories, and contemporary issues arising at the intersection of ethics, the student's chosen discipline, and professional life. Its value lies in how it enhances these areas of understanding and prepares students, no matter their career path, to engage reflectively with others and address complex ethical issues in an increasingly global world.

The elective portion of the curriculum gives students flexibility in choosing courses that fit their major or field of interest. Many elective courses draw from humanities and social science disciplines. Others target specific professional fields including agriculture, business, education, environment & natural resources, journalism & media, the natural sciences and the social sciences.

The purpose of the certificate is to enhance the student’s substantive knowledge of theory, history, and practice in ethics and justice, augment familiarity with contemporary issues in professional ethics, and hone skill in critical thinking and communication. In this respect, the certificate significantly augments the student’s technical coursework in preparing for a fulfilling and responsible life in the professional and civic realms.

NOTE: A grade of 'B' or higher is required in all coursework for this academic certificate

  • Phil 361: Professional Ethics (3 cr)
  • Phil 491: Seminar in Professional Ethics & Diversity (3 cr) OR Soc 491: Seminar in Professional Ethics & Diversity

  • AgEc 477: Law, Ethics, & the Environment (3 cr)
  • Biol 553: Ethical Issues in Biological Research (1 cr) 
  • Blaw 265: Legal Environment of Business (3 cr) 
  • CSS 489: Personalities & Philosophies in Conservation (2 cr)
  • CSS 493: International Land Preservation & Conservation Systems (3 cr)
  • For 235: Society & Natural Resources (3 cr) 
  • For 284: Forest Policy & Administration (2 cr)
  • Geog 420: Land, Resources, & Environment (3 cr)
  • JAMM 341: Mass Media Ethics (3 cr)
  • JAMM 403: Workshop (1-3 cr)*
  • JAMM 490: Global Media (3 cr)
  • Phil 382: Philosophy of Ecology (3 cr)
  • Phil 450: Ethics in Science (3 cr)
  • Phil 452: Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)
  • Phil 457: Natural Resource Ethics (3 cr)
  • Phil 470: Philosophy of Law (3 cr)
  • Soc 403: Workshop (1-3 cr)*
  • Soc 423: Social Class & Stratification  (3 cr)