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Ethics encompasses the philosophical study of ethics, including theory and history, ethical issues in research, and the interdisciplinary study of ethical issues arising in the student’s selected field of study.

As an ethics* major, you’ll develop both philosophical and technical skills and expertise in your field, readying you to become a valuable asset to nearly any industry. For example, a chemist may lend his or her expertise to a matter of legal or ethical importance, a curator may evaluate scientific and historical evidence about a painting’s authenticity, and a journalist might research a story involving science, medicine, and technology.

The diverse, challenging coursework and hands-on learning experiences allow graduates to pursue careers across the fields of business, politics, healthcare, engineering, journalism, the arts, and many others.

About the College of Arts and Science

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Core coursework covers philosophy, history, and psychology. Sample courses include:

  • Public Policy and Archaeology
  • Ethnographic Techniques
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Ethics and International Relations
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Ethics and the Health Professions

View official B.A. requirements .

Practical Experience

The ethics program is supplemented by numerous real-world learning opportunities.

  • Enrich your learning and networking experiences in the Renée Crown University Honors program.
  • Enjoy visiting speakers who discuss such topics as human cloning, the ethics of war, positive psychology, and the relevance of neuroscience and evolutionary biology to morality.
  • Intern at leading firms in a variety of industries.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad is a significant part of the Syracuse experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their four years. Ethics majors most often go abroad to the Syracuse University Madrid Center.

Life After Syracuse University

With an ethics degree you can begin careers such as:

  • Economist
  • Public interest advocate
  • Medical researcher
  • Genetic counselor

Or pursue graduate level education in such areas as public affairs, public administration, international relations, or economics.

*The ethics degree program is an integrated learning major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Among the majors that can be combined with ethics are: management, television, radio and film, graphic design, photography, political science, international relations, biology, public health, anthropology, psychology and sociology, as well as all majors offered by the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.