In the ethics and social institutions concentration program, learn to critically evaluate ethical dilemmas, develop cultural competence, participate in public discourse, and make informed decisions.

Why Study Ethics and Social Issues at UNC Asheville?

Learn Social and Political Ethics Outside the Classroom

We believe that a liberal arts education should extend beyond the traditional classroom setting. Whether through an original research project, study abroad, or a student club or organization, our students find ample opportunities to enrich their learning and develop meaningful connections with their peers and community.

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Service Learning & Volunteering

The Key Center for Community Engaged Learning at UNC Asheville connects students, faculty, staff, and community partners in transformative relationships that address societal needs. From one-time projects to academic service-learning courses, we strive to nurture students and other UNC Asheville community members as they build relationships across campus, Western North Carolina, the nation, and internationally.

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Student Clubs & Organizations

UNC Asheville offers over 70 student-led clubs and organizations, meaning our students can look forward to fostering a sense of connection and belonging with students who share similar interests, passions, or backgrounds. Involvement in a club or student org encourages personal growth and self-discovery as students explore new interests, challenge themselves to take on leadership roles, and gain confidence by stepping out of their comfort zones.

Want to start your own club at UNC Asheville? You can!


Dedicated to fostering critical thinking and ethical reasoning, faculty guide students through rigorous coursework, collaborative research opportunities, and meaningful discussions. With diverse expertise spanning philosophy, sociology, political science, and more, our faculty members engage students in the exploration of complex moral dilemmas and social issues while empowering them to become thoughtful leaders equipped to address the ethical challenges of our time. 

Careers & Outcomes

The interdisciplinary concentration in ethics and social institutions program equips students with a versatile set of abilities and a deep understanding of moral frameworks that employers across various sectors value. Students’ skills in critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and analyzing interdisciplinary perspectives prepare them to thrive in today’s complex and interconnected world.

Graduates of this unique concentration program often seek careers in law, business, education, and government. Recent graduates have gained acceptance to graduate programs in law, business, and related fields at institutions across the country.

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Realize Your Potential in UNC Asheville’s Social Institutions and Ethics Program

At UNC Asheville, we believe in the power of ethical inquiry and interdisciplinary exploration to shape the leaders of tomorrow. Our bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with an ethics and social institutions concentration offers a one-of-a-kind educational experience that empowers you to navigate complex societal challenges with integrity and compassion. Equipped with critical thinking and moral reasoning skills, you effect positive change in your community and beyond.

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