Ethics & the Professions

This is a theme for students interested in applied ethics, particularly professional ethics.

Choosing Courses

When choosing courses to develop your theme, please keep the following in mind:

  • The classes below are examples of classes that may be approved for use in this theme.
  • The five thematic courses you choose should coherently work together to complement one another when possible.
  • No more than two classes taken from outside the School of Arts and Sciences can count towards your PPE major.
  • You may take more than one capstone seminar counting the additional capstones towards your theme courses.
  • Theme courses are your advanced courses in the major. Consult with the PPE Associate Director if you think a lower level course is appropriate for your major, though we recommend you take these courses to fulfill sector requirements.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list; other courses offered by the University may be perfect for the development of your theme. Each semester you should look for relevant courses offered in the core disciplines, PhilosophyPolitical ScienceEconomics, and Psychology, as well as others that may develop your theme. The links below provide easy access to courses offered in some related disciplines, but please search beyond these for relevant theme courses! If you find a relevant course not listed below, you may petition to include the course in your theme with the PPE Associate Director's approval. Successful petitions will articulate how the course directly contributes to the way you are developing your PPE theme.

Ethics and the Professions majors may be particularly interested in events hosted by the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Speaker Series, the Neuroethics Public Talks, or the Penn Bioethics Seminars.


Sample Classes that Count Toward Ethics and the Professions:

COMM 377: Philosophical Problems of Journalism

ECON 036: Law and Economics

ECON 039: Medical Economics

ECON 236: Health Economics

ENVS 204: Global Climate Change

ENVS 406: Community Based Responses to Health

PHIL 071: Animal Ethics

PHIL 072: Bioethics

PHIL 073: Environmental Ethics

PHIL 249: Philosophy of Education

PHIL 272: Ethics and the Professions

PHIL 273: Ethics in the Professions

PHIL 372: Topics in Ethics

PHIL 472: Survey of Ethical Theory

PHIL 572: Contemporary Ethics

PPE 298: PPE Study Abroad

PPE 401: Independent Study

PPE 498: Honors Thesis

PSCI 221: Comparative Health Politics

STSC 428: Genetics and Social Policy


Non-College Courses (Maximum of 2 may count towards your PPE major)

LGST 101: Law and Social Values

LGST 212: Economic Analysis of Law

BIOE 282: Professional Ethics

BIOE 550: Bioethics and Society: Food Ethics

BIOE 570: Bioethics and Policy

BIOE 555: Technology and Bioethics

BIOE 558: Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health

BIOE 570: Ethics of Public Health

BIOE 572: Global Bioethics

BIOE 575: Health Policy

BIOE 590: Mental Health Ethics

BIOE 601: Intro to Bioethics

HCMG 204: Comparative Healthcare Systems

HCMG 211: Law of Healthcare in America

HCMG 212: Health Care Quality and Outcomes

LAW 555: Professional Responsibility

LGST 100: Ethics and Social Responsibility

LGST 215: Environmental Management Law and Policy

LGST 220: International Business Ethics

MGMT 246: Social Innovation and Social Enterprise

MKTG 266: Marketing for Social Impact

NURS 330: Health Care Ethics