As a Jesuit and Catholic institution, Georgetown is deeply committed to the study of ethics.

The university is home to leading experts in fields such as bioethics, metaethics, and philosophy. Faculty research explores the moral dilemmas associated with an array of issues, such as international affairs, business, medicine, and human rights. Across schools, Georgetown’s commitment to educating future leaders about ethical values is reflected in its curricula and student programming. Several university centers, such as the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, are devoted to understanding the importance of moral principles in education, science and technology, and international relations, among other fields and disciplines.

Minor/Certificate in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs sponsors this program through which students can earn a minor in the College or a certificate in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Participants explore the role of faith and values across topic areas including international relations, comparative politics, history, and culture.

Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics

Established in the 1990s, the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics in the Medical Center is a university-based ethics resource for individuals who shape and give health care. The center is committed to the dynamic interplay between…

Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics

The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics in the McDonough School of Business brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and teachers to advance understanding of the ethical issues inherent in the functioning of the…

Kennedy Institute of Ethics

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is a center for practically engaged ethics at Georgetown University. Established in 1971 with a founding interest in medical ethics, it is one of the oldest academic ethics centers in the world.

Program on Justice and Peace

The Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace is a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural community that fosters creative and collaborative explorations of complex questions of practical morality and domestic and global politics. The program…