Ethics Certificate



Why ethics? The Kenan Institute for Ethics offers undergraduates formal and informal pathways to explore meaningful ethical questions. The Ethics Certificate Program is about ideas and action. Through coursework, faculty mentored research, internships and engagement with community, government and business leaders, students learn to both “think and do” at Duke and beyond.

Does a government have the right to insist on another government’s adherence to human rights standards? Should a museum be forced to return artifacts that were stolen centuries before the museum acquired them? Is it ever OK to take drugs to improve performance on an exam? What similar problems were faced by people in the past, and how did they resolve them? How can art, music, and literature provide insight into our real-world challenges?

Students pursuing the Ethics Certificate grapple with questions like these using multiple perspectives, taking advantage of the Institute and its five program areas in Global Migration, Human Rights, Rethinking Regulation, Moral Attitudes and Decision-Making, and Religions and Public Life.

Those who pursue the Ethics Certificate Program will work toward either a course-based certificate or an experiential certificate. Both share a Gateway and Capstone course. The course-based certificate requires a total of six courses, while the experiential certificate requires four total courses as well as two experiential components, such as mentored research or community-based field work.

For more information on the Ethics Certificate Program, explore below or email Kate Abendroth <>.