Carroll College, Helena Montana
Carroll Ethics Students

Ethics and Values Studies

Program Overview

How does ethics connect with our lives, professional and otherwise? How are ethical actions possible in business, the hospital, or concerning the environment? What are the deeper issues underlying the subject of ethics itself? Ethics and Values Studies majors consider these issues, and others of practical and theoretical relevance to how we live our lives and interact with others. A novel and somewhat unique major, Ethics and Value Studies has been developed at Carroll as an interdisciplinary study, overseen by the Philosophy Department. Its emphasis is on the critical and in-depth study of ethics and morality, as well as the extended study of other areas that involve values as a standard of judgment, and affect our application of ethical judgments.

Students in this program will develop a better understanding of ethics and values in all aspects of human life, and be better prepared for careers in ethics, and any other area.

Three goals

The major in Ethics and Values Studies acknowledges three goals for its program of study:

  1. Introduce students to the discussion of the ultimate truth and ultimate good;
  2. Bring students to an awareness of the role of ethics and values in many areas of personal and social endeavor; and,
  3. Move students toward ethical decision-making in all areas of social interaction.


Even though it isn't focused on training specific to a career, Ethics and Values Studies is excellent preparation for any profession or career. Excellent preparation for graduate studies in ethics and ministry, and careers such as ethicists, hospital chaplains, ethics/compliance officers.

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10 reasons

to choose carroll college for Ethics and ValueS Studies

  1. Get a better understanding of the role of values in all aspects of human life.
  2. You will become a more knowledgeable and more rounded member of your professor or career.
  3. This is an interdisciplinary major and a great way to manage CORE credits as well!
  4. If virtue is its own reward, then the reward of learning about virtue has to be catastrophic!
  5. Understand how to be happy in your chosen profession, as well as good at it!
  6. Learn whether you should really reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  7. A little Categorical Imperative never hurt anyone.
  8. Cope better with ethical ambiguity, and even reduce it.
  9. Solve ethical problems and dilemmas, and defend those resolutions to others.
  10. Promote the dignity of persons in all aspects of your life.