ARTSSCI 2400(E): An Undergraduate Course on Civil Discourse


CEHV has introduced a newly-designed course called Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (ARTSSCI 2400/2400E) – the "COMPAS course" for short. 

Civil Discourse for Citizenship

Begun in Autumn 2022, the course introduces students to debates about freedom of speech and principles of civil discourse, providing them with tools for constructive communication at a time when discussion of controversial issues is becoming increasingly difficult in our society.

It was developed by OSU’s Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) as part of its Civil Discourse for Citizenship initiative.

The course builds in opportunities for students to engage events and speakers in CEHV’s student-moderated Civil Discourse Forums and Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS) program. Students also have the opportunity to attend panel discussions offered by the Columbus Metropolitan Club, a leading civic group dedicated to civil discourse.

For majors in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major in ASC, this course counts as a "concentration" course. The course also offers an Honors embedded section.

Beginning in Autumn 2023, the course will be offered every semester. 

For more information please contact Piers Turner.