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Ethics and Society Courses

Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Ethics and Society program can be completed in one-year or more, supports part-time study, offers evening classes, and requires 10 courses — two in cross-disciplinary ethics and society (mandatory), two in moral philosophy, two in moral theology, two in social and natural sciences, and two electives for a total of 30 credits.

I. Cross-Disciplinary Ethics and Society Courses (2 courses)

  • CEED 5050 - Ethics and Society: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (Introductory Course Required)
  • CEED 5900 - Ethics Field Practicum Experience 
  • CEED 6100 - Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics (Capstone Course Required)

II. Moral Philosophy Courses (2 courses)

  • HSGL 0322 - Natural Law: The Nature, Foundations and Content of Justice (Law School HSGL/CEED 6322)
  • JUGL 0104 - Topics in Legal Philosophy (Law School)
  • PHIL 5001 - Introduction to Plato (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 5003 - Natural Law Ethics (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 5009 - Introduction to Aristotle (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 5010 - Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 5012 - Introduction to Saint Augustine (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 5014 - Modern Ethical Theories (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 5114 - Normative Ethical Theories (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 5301 - Environmental Philosophy and Ethics (Philosophy)
  • PHIL 7650 - Aristotelian Ethics (Philosophy)
    *Students must receive permission to register from Program Director and Course Instructor

III. Moral Theology Courses (2 courses)

  • THEO 5500 - Religion and American Public Life (Theology)
  • THEO 5630 - Systemic Liberation Theology (Theology)
  • THEO 5640 - Introduction to Theological (Christian) Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 6039 - Biblical Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 6400 - Theological Anthropology and Human Diversity (Theology)
  • THEO 6510 - Socially Engaged Theology (Theology)
  • THEO 6672 - Feminist Theology (Theology)
  • THEO 6676 - Sexual Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 6720 - Fundamental Moral Theology (Theology)
  • THEO 6721 - African American Theological Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 6731 - Christian Ecological Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 6732 - Ethics and Economics (Theology)
  • THEO 6733 - Theology and Science (Theology)
  • THEO 6734 - Beauty of Justice (Theology)
  • THEO 6735 - Ecological Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 6736 - Christian Feminist Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 6740 - Catholic Social Thought (Theology)
  • THEO 7735 - Biomedical Ethics (Theology)
  • THEO 7736 - Bioethics (Theology)

IV. Social and Natural Sciences Courses (2 courses)

  • BISC 5510 - Conservation Biology (Biological Sciences)
  • BISC 5511 - Conservation Law and Policy (Biological Sciences)
  • CEED/PSYC 6290 - Health Disparities and Social Inequalities
  • CEED 6015/PSYC 6999 - HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics (Summer Session II Tutorial)
    *Students must receive permission to register from Program Director
  • ECON 5005 - Fair Trade Entrepreneurship (Economics)
  • ECON 5280 - Urban Economics (Economics)
  • ECON 5415 - Gender and Economic Development (Economics)
  • ECON 5450 - Crisis, Adjustment, and Poverty (Economics)
  • ECON 5808 - Migration, Microfinance and Poverty (Economics)
  • ECON 6460 - Agriculture and Development (Economics)
  • ECON 6490 - Foreign Aid and Development (Economics)
  • ENGL 6101 - Rereading Close Reading: Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Challenges (English)
  • LALS 5007 - Working With Survivors of Violence (Latino and Latin American Studies)
  • PMMA 5101 - Freedom of Expression (Communication and Media Studies)
  • PMMA 5103 - Environment and the Media (Communication and Media Studies)
  • PMMA 5106 - Race, Gender and Digital Media (Communication and Media Studies)
  • PMMA 5204 - Civic Media (Communication and Media Studies)
  • PMMA 5201 - Social Media and Civic Engagement (Communication and Media Studies)
  • PMMA 6203 - Market and Brand in Public Interest (Communication and Media Studies)
  • POSC 5243 - Campaign Finance and Ethics (Political Science)
  • POSC 5301 - Modern Political Thought (Political Science)
  • POSC 5560 - Conflict Resolution (Political Science)
  • POSC 6640 - Policies of Global Economic Relations (Political Science)
  • PSYC 5600 - Successful Aging (Psychology)
  • PSYC/CEED 6005 - Ethics in Psychology (Psychology)
    *Students must receive permission to register from Program Director
  • PSYC 6010/CEED 6010- Research Ethics and Social Justice (Psychology)
  • PSYC 6020 - Health Psychology (Psychology)
  • PSYC 6066 - History and Systems (Psychology)
  • PSYC 6310 - Culture, Ethnicity, Race
    *Students must receive permission to register from Program Director and Course Instructor
  • PSYC 6350 - Applied Developmental Psychology (Psychology)
  • PSYC 6510 - Social Influences on Behaviors (Psychology)
  • PSYC 7010 - Psychology and Criminal Law (PSYC/ Law School HEGL 0369)
    *Students must receive permission to register from Program Director
  • PSYC 7020 - Psychology and Civil Law (Psychology)
  • SOCI 5410 - Gender and Sexuality (Sociology)
  • SOCI 5518 - Issues in Urban Sociology (Sociology)
  • SOCI 5806 - Religion and Globalization (Sociology)
  • SOCI 6100 - Classical Social Theory (Sociology)
  • SOCI 6101 - Contemporary Social Theory (Sociology)
  • SOCI 6125 - Ethics of Modern Selfhood (Sociology)
  • SOCI 6553 - Demography and Human Rights (Sociology)
  • SOCI 6717 - Crime and Punishment (Sociology)

V. Elective Courses (2 courses)

Elective courses include any of the courses listed below. Students who wish to enroll in a course not approved for the program must first secure the permission of the director of the master’s program.

Elective courses may be taken in Biological Sciences, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, Latino and Latin American Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Theology.

Students may also complete the Ethics and Society Field Practicum Course as an elective.

Individualized tutorials (which count as a course) may also be arranged in areas of interest for which there may not be a specific course. Examples of individualized tutorials include "Business Ethics", "Religion, Gender and Sexuality" and "Moral Instincts and Moral Behaviors."

Fordham University School of Law

  • EHGL 0203 - Professional Responsibility
  • EHGL 0204 - Professional Responsibility: Ethics In Public Interest Law
  • EHGL 0208 - Professional Responsibility: Corporate Counsel
  • EHGL 0209 - Professional Responsibility: Criminal Advocacy
  • EHGL 0213 - Professional Responsibility: Civil Litigation
  • EHGL 0299 - Professional Responsibility: Lawyers and Justice
  • HEGL 0369 - Psychology and Criminal Law
  • ITGL 0042 - Human Rights Law
  • ITGL 0445 - Human Rights: Holocaust and Law
  • JUGL 0104 - Topics in Legal Philosophy
  • JUGL 0295 - Feminist Jurisprudence
  • JUGL 0347 - Jewish Law: Sources, Principles, and Jurisprudence
  • JUGL 0357 - Introduction to Jurisprudence
  • JUGL 0358 - Jurisprudence
  • JUGL 0393 - Catholic Perspectives on Conflict Resolution

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

  • SWGS 6014 - Women, Work and Poverty
  • SWGS 6040 - Integrating Human Rights and Justice in Practice
  • SWGS 6050 - Human Rights and Social Justice
  • SWGS 6109 - Capacity Building with Faith Communities: Meeting the Challenges of Poverty

Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Science

  • HIST 6731 - U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity