EAC at Young Harris College
Young Harris College instituted the Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) program during the Fall 2008 semester. The program has included workshops and luncheons on ethics in practice, ethical theories, moral reasoning and teaching ethics.
The EAC program seeks to make ethical reflection a vital part of the ethos of Young Harris College. It promotes creative and critical conversations on ethical issues and values as a vital part of the mission of the college. The program encourages discussions about, “how we ought to think,” “how we ought to act” and “who we are” among students, faculty and the rest of the YHC community. The program provides resources to support faculty, administrators and staff who wish to integrate discussion of ethical issues and values into classrooms, extracurricular programs or other initiatives.
The goals of the EAC program are to provide students and faculty with tools to more easily and clearly recognize the moral implications of our decisions and to make better-informed moral decisions. More specifically, after completing a four-year degree at YHC we expect students to be conversant with “value” terms; for example, “consequences,” “duties” and “virtues” in the context of moral decisions, able to recognize and explain one or more fallacies in moral reasoning and able to recognize and offer a general response to the most prominent moral questions in their field of study.
Over the next five years, we plan to increase the average participation rate among full-time faculty to around 50 percent, expand our budget in order to supplement expenses for participating faculty members who wish to attend conferences on moral topics in their fields of specialization and develop a team of students to compete in the National Ethics Bowl competition.