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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Ethics Bowl

SCU Ethics Bowl Team 2017-18

The 2017-18 SCU Ethics Bowl team won the National College Ethics Bowl competition in Chicago, prevailing over more than 200 other colleges and universities.

Ethics Bowl is a team-based competition consisting of debate over a wide range of complex and pressing ethical issues. Topics include business and professional ethics, personal relationships, and social and political affairs.

In 2017-18, Santa Clara University’s Ethics Bowl team -- Miles Elliot '19, Daisy Koch '18, Connor Holttum '18, and Jeff Kampfe '19 -- prevailed over more than 200 other colleges and universities to win the twenty-second annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl championship. This was the first national championship win for Santa Clara, and it was also the first time a California team had ever won the nationals. In 2016-17, Santa Clara’s team qualified for nationals and finished in fourth place.

In the Ethics Bowl, teams of 3 to 5 offer their moral analysis on the case at hand, and judges evaluate the debate based on ethical analysis and logical rigor.

The Santa Clara University Ethics team competes in the California Regional of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) and is sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Department of Philosophy.  Other schools in the region are: UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, USC, San Jose State, Cabrillo College, National Hispanic University, Santa Barbara Community College, Azusa Pacific University, CSU-Chico, and Golden West College. The California Regional is held annually in December, which serves as the qualifier for the National Tournament held in February.

Participants enroll in the PHIL 180 course, which is a 5-unit class that fulfills the following requirements: Philosophy Applied Ethics requirement or Upper Division Philosophy elective; Civic Engagement; and the Applied Ethics Pathway.

The Santa Clara University Ethics Bowl team is coached by Erin Bradfield, lecturer in Philosophy, and Erick Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

For more information on joining or supporting the team, please email

Santa Clara University Wins Ethics Bowl National Championship