Ethics & Social Institutions

The concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions (ESI) is designed to enable students to examine and evaluate social and ethical issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Through the major, students will learn about political, economic, social, and cultural institutions and the relationships between them.  They will became aware of how institutions influence (and are influenced by) individuals; learn processes which result in social choice; and be able to determine the ethical implications of the processes and outcomes of social choice.  By examining governments, markets, and community organizations, students will learn about decision-making processes and be able to determine the ethical implications and outcomes of social and political choices at the institutional level.

Under the guidance of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, students will design an individualized course of study consisting of elective courses drawn from many disciplines including but not limited to Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Management, Mass Communication, Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology. With the approval of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, courses from disciplines not listed above may also be included in your elective program. Your elective program allows you to develop a course of study consistent with your individual interests, while at the same time, investigating a specific set of social/political institutions. Thematic possibilities could include Social/Political Ethics; Ethics, Society, and the Law; Political & Social Decision-making; Globalization and the Individual; International Political Economy; Interaction of Societies; The Individual and Society; and Economic Power in American Society, just to name a few. A list of regularly scheduled courses which fall within these and other thematic categories is available from the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Students graduating with an interdisciplinary concentration in Ethics and Social Institutions might pursue careers or advanced study in law, business, and government or continue on to more specialized academic disciplines at the graduate level.

Contact Information

Jeff Konz
Dean of Social Sci & Professor
Office of the Deans
221 Phillips Hall, CPO 1411
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804