Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Campus Ethics: Opportunities for Students

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, one of Santa Clara University's three Centers of Distinction, is an outgrowth of the University's commitment to education in ethics, including the study of ethics in everyday life, in professional careers, and in society.

There are many ways a student engages with ethical issues at Santa Clara.

Core Curriculum
All undergraduates must take at least one course in ethics, often in ethical issues that arise in their chosen field of study. Most of our graduate programs also include an ethics requirement.

Applied Ethics Pathway

Clusters of courses with a common theme, pathways promote integrative learning. This pathway invites students to explore the application of critical ethical thinking to real world problems.

       Student Reflection on The Applied Ethics Pathway
       Pathway Experience

Other avenues to explore ethics include:
Online Resources
Co-curricular Activities
Community Placement
Independent Research
Ethics Prizes

Online Resources
The easiest way for students to connect with everything that's happening on campus about ethics is to join the SCU Ethics Group in Facebook. The group sends invitation to events and includes discussion threads on the kind of ethical issues students face in their everyday lives, from cheating to alcohol to sex.

Other useful (and interesting) Web resources are:

Framework for Ethical Decision Making
Step-by-step guide with classic approaches to ethical dilemmas
The Big Q
A student dialogue on the biggest ethical issues in college hosted via social media
What Do We Mean When We Talk About Social Justice?
Five questions SCU students should ask

Co-curricular Activities
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors various activities to promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action.

Hackworth Fellowships
SCU seniors lead ethics programming for their peers
Environmental Ethics Fellowships
SCU students do research and programs on the ethical aspects of sustainability
Honzel Fellowship in Health Care Ethics
An SCU senior mentors health care ethics interns and does research
Lectures, Conferences, and Other Events on Ethical Issues
A rich menu of talks, workshops, and presentations
Ethics Bowl
Debate group on ethical issues

Community Placements
With its emphasis on experiential learning, SCU offers several programs that bring students into the larger community to learn how ethical issues play out in the real world.

Health Care Ethics Internship
Students visit local hospitals and hospices
Business Ethics Internship
Placements for undergraduates in ethics and compliance at local corporations
Pedro Arrupe S.J. Center for Community-Based Learning
Active engagement, research, and service oriented toward questions of social justice

Independent Research
Hackworth Grants for Research on Applied Ethics
Assistance for travel, purchase of materials, access to databases, etc.
Environmental Ethics Fellowship
Support for a student researching environmental ethics and sustainability

Ethics Prizes
Markkula Prize
Honoring a senior who has done outstanding work in applied ethics


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