Embedded Ethics


For the past three years, we have pioneered a partnership model called “Embedded Ethics” that pairs Ethics Lab philosophers and designers with faculty across disciplines to co-design ethical discussions and run customized, creative exercises in their coursework. 

Students are not only exposed to key ethical concepts and frameworks, but also have the opportunity to debate, apply, and internalize context-specific lessons, in order to develop essential skills and gain a real-world understanding of their potential impact.

We believe ethical questions exist across every academic discipline. 

That’s why we are training the next generation of professionals, industry leaders, and policymakers to equip them with an actionable understanding of ethics and a commitment to responsible progress.


AY 2019-2020


Computer Science Major

Supported by Mozilla Foundation, Responsible CS Challenge

  • Introduction to Algorithms (Cal Newport)

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Mark Maloof)

  • Advanced Programming (Ray Essick)

We are partnering with the Department of Computer Science to design and run customized workshops inside three computer science courses starting in Fall 2019. Made possible by a generous grant from Mozilla Responsible Computer Science, these courses will introduce students to the ethical implications of Advanced Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms. Ultimately, the partnership will provide tomorrow's leaders in computer science fields with the capacity to analyze the ethical dimensions of a range of issues in order to more effectively shape our culture, institutions, and policy.


Masters in Health Informatics and Data Science

  • Introduction to Health Data Science & Analytics (Subha Madhavan)

  • HIDS 505: Advanced topics in Health Informatics (Adil Alaoui)

Course Highlight:

This newly launched Masters in Health Informatics and Data Science program is designed to help students develop core competencies in data science, health-related data, predictive analytics, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, and other advanced technologies. The Masters was designed with a commitment to embedding ethics to ensure that graduates have a deep understanding of the moral stakes as well as technical knowledge. The partnership starts this year with two courses.


Disabilities Studies Minor


Writing Program

Writing and the Rhetoric of Social Media (Rebecca Tarsa)