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Ethics in the curriculum

Prindle Quarter-Credit Ethics Reading Courses

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No matter how busy you are, you can work ethics into your schedule with a quarter-credit Prindle Ethics Reading Course. In these courses, you’ll read and discuss with your professor and classmates a single work to enhance your understanding of the field of ethics or an individual ethical issue. Courses meet for the first eight weeks of the semester.

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Student Work

Ethics in the News: Protests Against Male Circumcision

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Hillman Intern Amalie Vacanti discusses protests against male circumcision her latest piece for The Prindle Post.

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Why Study Ethics
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Hillman Internship Program

If you’re a DePauw student who wants to go deep with ethics, the Prindle Institute has an opportunity for you. Hillman Interns (supported by the Anne and Charles Hillman Student Intern Fund) have the opportunity to contribute to the Prindle Institute’s mission through an intensive internship program.

Hillman Interns contribute content to The Prindle Post, help with educational outreach, and create their own individual projects. Past Hillman Interns have gone on to serve as legislative aides in the United States Senate, become ethics professors and much more!

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Find your place at the Prindle Institute

If you’re a DePauw student who wants to engage with ethics education, dialogue, or research, the Prindle Institute offers multiple ways to get involved. Whether you’re interested in being a member of DePauw’s ethics bowl team or taking one of our quarter-credit reading courses, we’ve got something for you.

The Prindle Institute serves our local communities here in Greencastle and at DePauw. We also serve audiences both nationally and globally, which means students involved in our programming have the opportunity to reach a wide audience.

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Why Study Ethics

Even if you have a good sense of your own value system, studying ethics can help you in significant ways. Studying ethics will improve your ability engage in difficult moral dialogue with people who have different perspectives from you. It will help you live consistently with your values and think reflectively about those values as you learn more about the world and your place in it. Even good people can be better, and studying ethics can help you with that.

But there are also practical reasons to study ethics. Studies show that people who study ethics have a significant advantage in the workplace — one of many career-oriented reasons to consider making the study of ethics a part of your collegiate life. Find out more about how ethics can enrich your life by exploring our site or reaching out to us. We’d love to start a conversation with you.

Ethics Reading Courses

Applications and Opportunities

Student Event Application

High School Ethics Bowl

Hundreds of high school students come to DePauw University and the Prindle Institute to compete in our annual High School Ethics Bowl competitions. If you are a DePauw student interested in a meaningful community engagement opportunity, we invite you to consider being an event assistant at our upcoming competition in February.

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