North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ethics Concentration

Requirements for the Ethics Concentration come in three areas: coursework, co-curricular application and a written portfolio. In most cases, the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the concentration will also satisfy general education requirements. Students must maintain a 'B' average in the courses taken to acquire the concentration.

For the Ethics Concentration you will need 12 credit hours from the following:

Required Courses (6 credit hours):
PHL 110 Ethics (Core: Religion & Ethics)

Plus, choose one of the following:

PHL 210 Professional Ethics (Core: Humanities)
REL 115 Christian Ethics (Core: Religion & Ethics)
REL 125 Religious Ethics (Core: Religion & Ethics)
REL 225 Urban Ethics & Religion Ethics (Core: Humanities/Religion & Ethics)

Two additional upper level courses (could be Leadership, Ethics and Values or Intercultural ACR) that include significant and justifiable leadership, ethics or values content.  Courses must be approved by the LEV minors and concentrations advisor.

One Application: Approved applied experience (previous experiences have included serving as a resident assistant or student mentor, internships, independent study research, etc.)

Note: Students are encouraged to propose additional applications to satisfy this component of the Ethics Concentration to the Director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program.

For students who began the concentration prior to Fall 2013

Completion of Written Portfolio: All of the following must be completed.

  • Written responses to two "ethics designated" cultural events not to exceed 2 pages each.
  • Evidence of participation in two annual ethics concentration colloquia. College Scholars may participate in two honors colloquia when approved by the Director of Leadership, Ethics& Values Program.
  • Copies of major written work submitted in all ethics concentration required courses.
  • A concluding/capstone personal statement not to exceed 3 pages.
  • A resume.
  • Completion of all requirements for either a North Central College B.S. or B.A. degree.

For students who begin the concentration Fall 2013 or later

Ethics Portfolio (online)

Using an online platform of your choosing (suggested tools are google documents blog tool or wordpress), students are required to complete an ethics portfolio that includes an introductory statement, several written reflections, copies of written work and a professional resume’.  For an example of an online portfolio click here.

Click here to declare a concentration in Ethics.

The Ethics Concentration Advising Sheet, attached to the bottom of this web-page in .pdf format, will provide an overview of the concentration requirements.  This sheet can be used by students to help track their progress or by advisors to assist students as they track their progress.

For questions please contact 

Kate Schmidt '09

Kate in Africa

Life is a continuous flow of experiences, and with each experience come a whole host of decisions one needs to make. The Ethics Concentration at North Central College has developed in me the skills and abilities to make those decisions. As I graduate with a degree in Sociology I am prepared to serve either in the Peace Corp or with Teach for America. I know what I value. I value helping others.