Ethics Law Society

Ethics, Law & Society Certificate

The Ethics, Law, and Society (ELS) certificate program is designed to encourage the study of normative and value issues in the humanities and social sciences. As ethical competence becomes increasingly important in professional life, students who aspire to careers in the law, the health professions, or business need to be able to demonstrate formal training in ethics. Moreover, competency in ethics requires a broader understanding of the complex relationship between the normative enterprises of law, morality, and politics.

The certificate program in Ethics, Law, and Society requires students to take two courses in philosophy, one of which must be Ethics (PHI 4661), two courses in political science, and one course that takes a normative approach or addresses normative issues in a third discipline, e.g. anthropology, communications, sociology, women’s studies, or criminal justice, nursing, medicine, etc. For additional information contact the Director, Rebecca LeMoine at

Requirements: Five courses (15 credits) passed with a grade of “B” or better from upper-division courses which include the study of values, either substantively or systematically, relating to law, politics, or ethics in the professions, with the following distribution:

  1. Two courses from Philosophy, one of which must be Ethics (PHI 4661)
  2. Two courses from Political Science
  3. One course from another discipline (including those offered outside of the College of Arts and Letters)

Philosophy: (two courses including required PHI 4661 Ethics)

  • Ethics* (REQUIRED)
    PHI 4661
  • Philosophy of Law
    PHM 3440
  • Social and Political Theory
    PHM 3200
  • Biomedical Ethics
    PHI 4663
  • Environmental Ethics
    PHI 3640
  • Philosophy of Sexuality
    PHI 3637
  • Feminist Philosophy
    PHM 3123

Political Science: (two courses)

  • Law and American Society
    POS 3691
  • Constitutional Law I
    POS 4603
  • Constitutional Law II
    POS 4604
  • International Law
    INR 3403
  • Women and the Law
    POS 3693
  • War and Peace
    INR 4006

Other (one course)

The list below is not exhaustive; other courses may be approved by the Director based on catalog description or submission of the course syllabus. Contact the Dean's office at (561) 297-3800 for more information.

  • Applied Anthropology
    ANT 4701
  • Social Anthropology
    ANT 4412
  • News, Media, Ethics
    COM 4621
  • Mass Comm. Law and Regulation
    MMC 4200
  • International Human Rights
    IDS 3188
  • Contemporary Social Theory
    SYA 4015
  • Social Control and Deviance
    SYP 4570
  • Gender and Society
    SYD 4800
  • Class Status and Power
    SYO 4530
  • Women of Color in U.S.
    WST 4404
  • Women, Violence, and Resistance
    WST 3225
  • Administrative Process and Ethics
    PAD 4604
  • Other Law
    BUL, HFT
  • Ethics in Nursing
    NUR 4826
  • Electrical Engineering Practice
    EEL 3012
  • Honors Conservation Biology
    EVS 4414