Gain a deep understanding of ethical theory and help solve some of the world’s most vexing problems with this dynamic specialization.

Social movements like #MeToo, political debates over border walls and Brexit, and headline grabbing questions over cloning and online privacy all make one thing clear - there is growing need for ethically minded individuals in every sector. For students pursuing a single or joint-major Philosophy degree, this specialization offers a solid foundation in ethical theory and applied ethics related to the fields of medicine, resource management, computing, law, and business.

Graduating students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single or joint-major Philosophy degree may graduate with a Specialization in Ethics, if they have successfully completed the following 5.0 credits:

0.5 PHIL credit consisting of PHIL 3110H
PHIL credit from PHIL 1000H, 1100H, or 1200H
0.5 PHIL credit from PHIL 2010H, 2020H, 2030H, or 3030H
PHIL credits from PHIL 2110H, 2150H, 2390H, 3140H, 3180H, 3301H, 3302H, 3370H, 4250H, 4260H, 4310H, or 4390H

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Durham GTA
  • Peterborough


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  • Gain hands-on experience navigating real ethical scenarios through detailed case studies
  • Develop an extensive understanding of ethical theory and knowledge of how it applies to the (sometimes messy) reality of human life
  • Put your work on display at the Trent Philosophy Society’s annual student symposium
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Ethics Consultant
  • Human Rights Lawyer
  • Social Policy Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Corporate Compliance Officer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Doctor
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Politician

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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