The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Ethics Bowl



grant pic 1Team Picture: Cadets (from left to right) Charles Turner, Chad Dekold, Connor McCloskey, William Hope, John Dekle and Matthew Miller. Cadet Cynthis Martinez is kneeling in the foreground.   

 Since Fall 2011, The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics has sponsored The Citadel’s Ethics Bowl Team. The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics at Indiana University, consists of a national tiered competition in which hundreds of teams compete each year.

Ethics Bowl is a team competition built around thoughtful analysis and dialogue on current ethical issues in business, the professions (engineering, law, research, medicine, etc.), and public life. Team members learn to engage with the ethical issues of each case, learn to acknowledge diverse perspectives and how to explore alternative points of view. In an Ethics Bowl competition all sides of a controversial issue are explored and teams are expected to listen and respond respectfully to questions and comments. Unlike a debate, the teams may agree on the best outcome. The goal is to discover and promote the best outcome, not  to defend a previously assigned position.

Ethics Bowl achieves a level of authentic discussion on controversial issues that is second to none. Participants build their critical thinking and moral reasoning skills while demonstrating effective civil discourse.

In the Fall of 2016, The Citadel’s Ethics Bowl team will compete in the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

For more information about the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, see


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