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The Ethics Institute has provided several ways to incorporate the study of Ethics into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum: through a major concentration, minor, or graduate certificate.

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    Philosophy Major, Ethics Concentration. The major in philosophy can develop not only philosophical skill and sophistication but also critical thinking and writing abilities that are readily applicable to pursuits in other academic areas, useful in careers far removed from philosophy, and valuable in everyday social and personal life. The concentration in Ethics focuses elective coursework in the areas of ethical theory, applied ethics, and social and political philosophy.

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    Ethics Minor. The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers a minor in ethics for students who are interested in exploring the ethical dimensions of contemporary issues. From medicine and the environment to business and religion, the minor provides a range of courses that speak to issues you care about and provides you with the tools to explore them. The minor includes courses in ethical theory (e.g., moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, and philosophical problems of law and justice); applied ethics (e.g., environmental ethics, business ethics, moral and social problems in healthcare, and technology and human values); and religious ethics (e.g., ethics east and west and cults and sects). It emphasizes developing critical analytical and evaluative skills.  

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    Information Ethics Minor. This minor aims to help students: (1) develop knowledge of issues and topics in computing, data, and AI ethics; and (2) build skills in ethical analysis, reasoning and evaluation. The minor is open to students from all majors.  

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    Information Ethics in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences Curriculum. Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, in collaboration with Northeastern’s Ethics Institute, received a Mozilla Responsible Computer Science Challenge Award to integrate ethics throughout the undergraduate computer science curriculum. All Khoury students already take a course on technology and society as part of their computer science degree program. This effort will build upon that foundation by developing a comprehensive practical ethics curriculum across the three main undergraduate degree programs in Khoury College: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Data Science.

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    Information Ethics, Graduate Certificate. This certificate is intended to help students build a working knowledge of the primary theories, frameworks, concepts, and issues in information ethics, as well as to help students develop robust skills in ethical analysis and evaluation. Students who complete the certificate will be able to conduct comprehensive ethics and value analysis and assessment of emerging issues and problems related to such things as data collection, management, and use; design and implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning; development and deployment of autonomous systems; and online, networked, and digital experiences and systems. The certificate is open to students in any graduate program at Northeastern.

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    MBA Concentration in Information Ethics. 

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