Fulfilling Ethical Reasoning
Students graduating in or before 2019 will complete the current General Education requirements, with much greater flexibility in how their requirements are met. The Classes of 2020 and 2021 (including students who graduate in March 2020) will be transitioned into the new program, which will take effect in Fall 2019, and can begin to benefit from the flexibility of these new requirements now. Any requirements fulfilled in the current program will count toward requirements in the new program.
Students must take a course that currently counts toward the Ethical Reasoning (ER) requirement, or may petition for a departmental course to count. Please note that petitions will only be accepted for courses that have already been taken, not for prospective courses. To petition for a departmental course to count for ER, students should contact us with the course number, description, the syllabus for the year the student was enrolled, and why the student thinks this course should count for ER. For a petition to be considered, it is not enough that a course merely broach ethical issues, it must also provide the intellectual tools to grapple with them. The approval process is lengthy and time-consuming; students are encouraged to take a course that has already been approved for ER from the course catalogue in lieu of petitioning for credit.
When the new requirements take effect in Fall 2019, anyone who has already fulfilled Ethical Reasoning will automatically have fulfilled the new General Education requirement for Ethics & Civics.