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In the interest of educating thoughtful and responsible leaders, the BDP Certificate in Ethics and Leadership brings together resources from across campus to allow students to examine these complex phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective. With courses relevant to health care, business, politics, law, engineering, and the media, the Ethics and Leadership BDP can complement a range of majors and interests. Through the connecting experiences component of the BDP, students may work with community and professional organizations or bring their interdisciplinary expertise to faculty research in areas such as public policy, advertising, and bio-ethics.

Declare This Certificate

Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT-Austin is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT-Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT-Austin, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Ethics and Leadership BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Ethics and Leadership. View a complete list of courses and requirements.


Five interdisciplinary areas of study allow Ethics & Leadership students to focus their exploration:

  • Business Ethics
  • Ethics of Health Care
  • Media, Ethics, and Public Policy
  • Social Justice, Politics, and Law
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Ethics


Students in the Ethics and Leadership BDP form a community with shared interests in becoming thoughtful, responsible leaders and in understanding the ethical dimensions of issues we face in contemporary professional, political, and social contexts. Ethics and Leadership students have come from a wide range of majors at UT, including Accounting, Advertising, Biology, Business, Engineering, Government, History, Journalism, Nursing, Political Communication, Pre-Med, Public Relations, Sociology, Social Work, and many others.


After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements the major. By pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate, students in the BDPs learn to become more flexible, versatile thinkers, better prepared for a professional world that values innovation and collaboration. Students in the BDPs gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom. View student profiles to learn about personal experiences in the Ethics and Leadership BDP.