This specialization is designed to integrate the social teachings of religions, philosophical ethics, and the data of social and natural sciences into the study of values and moral judgment. It provides critical skills for the study of theoretical and practical approaches to contemporary global and regional issues of social justice and sustainable development.
Applicants must be well grounded in religious and theological studies, philosophical ethics, the social sciences, and, for ecological ethics, in the natural sciences. The program, which has evolved from the historical tradition of Social Ethics developed at Boston University by Walter Muelder, pertains to two larger areas of study, namely, Global Ethics (focused on globalization, human diversity, and human rights issues); and Ecological Ethics (focused on human rights in human communities, and human responsibilities toward Earth and the extended biotic community).
Degrees offered: Doctor of Philosophy