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Program Overview

The minor in Leadership Ethics offers a philosophical grounding to student study and practice of the essential concepts related to effective ethical leadership: character, influence, power, justice, and the common good. Its goal is to make available, in a streamlined and easily navigable way, an over 2,500-year history of sustained thinking about ethics, reasoning, and the relation between the two to students interested in leadership positions both within and outside of the university. As such, the Leadership Ethics minor presents in concentrated form what the Philosophy Department can offer – College and University-wide professional and leadership development initiatives within the context of the Jesuit educational tradition.

The Leadership Ethics minor aims to deliver on three objectives:

  • Provide students with a background in the history of ethics, with particular focus on the concepts most relevant to effective ethical leadership: character, power, influence, justice, and the common good
  • Develop student facility by applying ethical theory to a broad base of contemporary questions and problems
  • Offer rigorous training in the construction and critique of arguments

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Required Courses

Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Leadership Ethics Seminar
Two (2) additional Ethics-designated courses

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff and budding scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Meet the dedicated members of our Leadership Ethics program.

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