One look at the news makes it clear: The world needs ethical leaders who know how to think critically, solve problems and communicate clearly.

Answer the call with a major in Ethics and Leadership.

You’ll learn communication, conflict resolution, reasoning and ethical analysis skills you can apply in any career. Confidently navigate difficult ethical situations in business by taking courses like Social Responsibility of Business and International Management. Develop expertise in an additional area like legal, medical or environmental ethics. A required internship will teach you to translate what you’ve learned in the classroom to the world outside it, so you graduate prepared to make a difference.

For more information on the Ethics and Leadership major, please contact Jack Musselman. The Ethics and Leadership major is part of the Department of Philosophy.

Earn Two Degrees in Five Years

Complete your BA in Ethics and Leadership and Master's Degree (MSOL) with our pathway to receive two degrees in five years.

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The Classroom and Beyond

In addition to interning with a business, government or nonprofit organization, you can get involved in a wide range of clubs on campus. Build your leadership skills and your network by joining student government, the campus newspaper or radio station, business clubs, the philosophy club or Campus Ministry.

Experiential Education

Your classes can teach you better decision making in different settings. Depending on your interests, you’ll take courses focused specifically on business; legal contexts; medicine and health care; or the environment and natural resources. These classes can teach you how decision makers might make better choices to promote equity and justice. Case studies in classes will help you apply what you’re learning to real-life dilemmas and equip you with the skills you’ll need to make ethical decisions confidently in the world beyond college.

Courses in Communication and Business will include hands-on projects to apply what you’ve learned. For example:

  • In Social Responsibility of Business, you’ll participate in a service activity in the community and write a paper about the experience. You’ll also work in a team to create a new product or service for a company that will meet a social need for an underserved community.
  • In Principles of Marketing, you’ll do a marketing simulation as an experiential learning assignment.

Study Abroad

Broaden your understanding of how business decisions are made and how leadership varies across cultures. You’ll be able to study abroad at more than 20 St. Edward’s partner universities across 5 continents. Or take your studies almost anywhere in the world through another international education provider. You can also choose to intern abroad, helping increase your cultural agility, add to your skill set and expand your global network.

SEU to You

Associate Professor of Philosophy Jack Musselman explores the political, ethical and moral trade-offs of living greener in the 21st century in this overview of his Environmental Ethics course.