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This program offers a course of studies in the ethics of big data and artificial intelligence. The program seeks to develop a curriculum which will study these technologies and their effects from a variety of perspectives.

From computer science, mathematics and statistics, we offer courses that give students the technical grounding they need to understand how big data and artificial intelligence works. From philosophy, we offer courses that give students the foundations they need to understand the ethical significance of these technologies. 

Big data and artificial intelligence affect many aspects of modern life: hiring, marketing, dating, elections, criminal justice, entertainment, education, housing, the list goes on. The integration of this technology into our lives brings great promise but also great risks, many of which we are only beginning to understand. Recently, there has been an explosion of interest among journalists, academics, regulators, the business community and the public at large in the ethics of big data and artificial intelligence. This certificate offers students the opportunity to better understand these technologies, their risks and the practice of ethical inquiry, so they can productively engage with urgent questions about the use of big data and artificial intelligence in modern life. 

  • Courses

    This certificate requires six courses for a total of 18 credits.

    Required coursework:

    • PHI 3681 Ethics, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence 


     In addition, the student must complete five additional courses (3 credits) from the list of approved courses. At least one course must be taken from the list of Descriptive Foundations and one course from the list of Normative Foundations. 

  • Application

    Current degree-seeking students should submit the Change of Program/Plan form to add a certificate.