Ethics, Culture, and Society (BS)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Humanities and Languages
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences
Sample Plan

A themed interdisciplinary program of study combining courses from at least two academic disciplinary areas including History, Philosophy, and Art, with a focus on collaborative problem-solving for the common good. Personal choice drives each student’s pathway, with transdisciplinary perspectives and creativity applied to real-world issues in the La Crosse community and beyond. Course-embedded assignments are connected to the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethical Leadership series of speakers and annual conference.




All majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credits in one discipline and nine credits in another, unrelated discipline. One of these disciplines must be in the Liberal Arts (art, history, literature, philosophy, mathematics, and social and natural sciences). All majors are encouraged to take more than the minimum requirements. For transfer students/students changing majors: No substitutions for ECAS-310/311 or ECAS-400. Credits for former major shift to a minor.

Learning Outcomes
  • Think critically in interdisciplinary contexts
  • Communicate effectively in integrated and interdisciplinary contexts
  • Apply ethical reasoning to connect experience and academic knowledge
  • Reflect and conduct moral self-assessment
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Social Justice and Equity course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    All majors in the School of Humanities are required to complete one of the following as part of the baccalaureate degree requirements: A minor from any discipline on campus, a year of study in the same language, a study abroad or immersion experience. Please see the university catalog or your advisor for more details. Certain circumstances may warrant a modification of the above and your advisor can explain those circumstances.
  • Completed Requirement (CMPL-XXX)
    Complete 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics. (Courses that qualify for Scientific Reasoning in the Natural Sciences or Quantitative Literacy credit within the LIVE program may also count toward the total.)
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.