Apr 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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University Requirements: Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

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Social responsibility refers to how we engage in the civic life of our communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation for meaningful engagement. Ethical reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. This category aims to engage students in thinking about ethics so that they can be informed and active citizens, while also contributing to their respective disciplines, professional fields, and civic life. Students’ sense of social responsibility evolves as they practice ethical decision-making skills and learn how to describe and analyze positions on ethical issues. Ethical reasoning requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas, and consider the ramifications of alternative actions. 

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning

Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses, which includes a wide array of disciplines (e.g., ethics and government, literature, science and society, wellness) and a variety of pedagogical methods (e.g., case studies, small group discussions, service learning, lectures, reading assignments, and activity courses).