Undergraduate Certificate Program in Values and Public Life
The University Center for Human Values launched its undergraduate certificate program in Values and Public Life in fall 2010. Students attaining the certificate will be equipped to bring informed discussion of values into the public sphere and to integrate a critical value perspective into their future studies and pursuits. The program is directed by Professor Melissa Lane. In academic year 2012-13 Professor Alan Ryan will serve as acting director during Professor Lane's leave.
The program is open to undergraduates in all disciplines, and students are invited to apply at the end of the sophomore year. (Please note that this is the only opportunity to apply. We cannot accept applications from students in their junior or senior years.) Its requirements consist of: three core courses, one each in politics and philosophy, and an additional seminar in normative issues; two additional courses contributing to the development of an area of focus; and the writing of the senior thesis or a substantial piece of independent work on a relevant topic, with participation in a non-credit-bearing senior thesis workshop. Admission and certification of completion is overseen by a faculty committee of the University Center for Human Values, on which the director of the program will serve as the executive arm. Enrolled students will be offered a further range of opportunities, including meals with faculty and visiting speakers, summer grants for projects or research related to values and public life, and design of a group service project advancing the study or understanding of values in the wider community.
For questions or additional information, please contact Erin Graham at VPL@princeton.edu.