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Ethics Education in Franciscan Undergraduate Psychology Programs


Ethics education is an important goal in higher education overall. It is not clear how well psychology programs are meeting this goal. The American Psychology Association’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (APA 2013) were created to support high-quality education in psychology. The Guidelines focus on five goals including Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World. This study is a review of ethics information available online from Franciscan Colleges and Universities. We accessed 24 Franciscan institutions and reviewed the available information provided by 22 of them. We asked several questions: Whether the psychology department provided a mission statement and was ethics addressed in it? What courses focused on ethics or mentioned ethics in their description? Were there other institutional ethics courses required for psychology majors? Was ethics mentioned in the institution mission? The results of this study indicate a need for more intentional inclusion of ethics in university and program mission statements as well as specific courses for the undergraduate psychology major.

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Ruiz, A., Warchal, J. & You, D. Ethics Education in Franciscan Undergraduate Psychology Programs. J Acad Ethics 18, 223–227 (2020).

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  • Ethics
  • Courses
  • Mission
  • Undergraduate psychology
  • Franciscan education