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Ethics B.A.

Engage in the philosophical study of ethics as you consider theory, history and ethical issues. Double major in an area of your choice, and view this second field through an ethical lens.
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About this Program

  • Find a home within Syracuse’s Department of Philosophy among faculty from a range of backgrounds with expertise in fields like ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of race and the history of philosophy.
  • Learn from visiting scholars who address such topics as human cloning, the ethics of war, the relevance of evolutionary biology to morality, and the deep connections between philosophy and diverse fields like psychology, economics, computer science and political science.
  • Conduct research and submit your work to undergraduate journals and conferences.
  • Compete for the Peterfreund Prize, a $1,000 award recognizing rising seniors for their exceptional philosophical achievements.
  • Gain ideal preparation for law school as studying philosophy has been shown to help students perform well on standardized tests like the LSAT, GMAT and GRE.

Program Information

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Career Path

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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The ethics major is an integrated learning major, meaning that it must be paired with a second major. Majors currently approved to pair with ethics include management; television, radio and film; broadcast, magazine, news and digital journalism; engineering, computer science, biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, political science, public health, anthropology, psychology, sociology and international relations, but others are also possible. Complete coursework from a major on this list, then pursue ethics coursework, such as contemporary and historical philosophical theory, ethical topics related to the second major and other courses related to ethical topics.

  • Understand and explain core ethical concepts and theories and their historical development.
  • Critically evaluate ethical theories and arguments.
  • Write clearly and concisely, and effectively organize your writing.
  • Conduct independent research on a topic in ethics by finding, assessing and employing relevant literature.
  • Understand and be able to explain moral problems that arise in the sciences, politics, professional fields and everyday life.

  • History of Ethics
  • Contemporary Ethics
  • Ethics and the Media Professions
  • Introduction to Moral Theory
  • Public Health Ethics

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study abroad opportunity

Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

Ethics majors most often go abroad to the Syracuse University center in Madrid, Spain. While there, students also travel to the Canary Islands, Picos de Europa and Morocco, and can pursue internships with a number of organizations, foundations, charities and nongovernment organizations in fields such as business, communication, public relations, education, administration and web design.

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Student organization

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club aims to take philosophy out of the classroom by hosting informal discussions, guest lectures, movie nights, philosophy cafes (thought experiments and games, with coffee and cookies), professional development workshops and more. Topics are based on club members’ personal interests, and membership is open to students from all majors.


Peterfreund Prize

Syracuse University juniors and seniors are eligible for nomination for the undergraduate Peterfreund Prize. This $1,000 award recognizes keen interest in philosophical questions and outstanding work in philosophy courses.

Hands-on learning opportunities


Read about current student research in Aurantium (from the Latin for "orange"), our in-house undergraduate philosophy journal.

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