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FD-EET: Ethical & Evaluative Thinking

NOTE: Students who started taking classes at Northwestern in Spring 2023 or earlier should refer to the Area V: Ethics and Values page. The information below pertains to students who start at Northwestern after Spring 2023.

All human cultures have produced systems of thought and belief concerning ways of being in the world and relating to one another. Courses in this foundational area equip students to engage these systems and wrestle with central human questions. Courses explicitly consider questions concerning values or teach students to think within, appreciate the resources of, and critically reflect upon a particular tradition of thought. Completing this foundational area will help students recognize and reflect on ethical and evaluative questions, become aware of what standards they bring to bear in answering them, appreciate and respect their own and other cultural systems, and work through disagreements with others.

learning objectives

Courses in Ethics and Evaluative Thinking are designed to foster the intellectual autonomy students will need to thrive as thinkers and agents in an increasingly complex world.

Choosing courses

Review the list of approved courses in ethical and evaluative thinking. Many are in religion or philosophy, and others come from outside those disciplines. Their focus and organization vary, but all address important issues.

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