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.
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
Other avenues to explore ethics include:
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:
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
and the Virtual Good Life
Web page featuring videos and discussions on students and the
Do We Mean When We Talk About Social Justice?
Five questions SCU students should ask
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors various activities
to promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action.
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
Conferences, and Other Events on Ethical Issues
A rich menu of talks, workshops, and presentations
Debate group on ethical issues
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.
Care Ethics Internship
Students visit local hospitals and hospices
Arrupe S.J. Center for Community-Based Learning
Active engagement, research, and service oriented toward questions
of social justice
Grants for Research on Applied Ethics
Assistance for travel, purchase of materials, access to databases,
Support for a student researching environmental ethics and sustainability
Honoring a senior who has done outstanding work in applied ethics