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Study Guide

Printed Version - $225

Online Access - $225


  • Premier Product - Online access for this course is 18 weeks. After you purchase a Premier course, you will receive your online ID and password via email within two business days.
  • Academic Support (Available for Premier Product Only) - If you purchase the additional Academic Support for this course you will receive 18 weeks of support.

Ethics is a one-semester undergraduate three-credit course, which prepares you for either the DSST (frequently used by DANTES) exam or the Excelsior College (ECE) exam.

The ECE is a multiple-choice test that measures your understanding of ethical theories and concepts, metaethics, and the principles of moral deliberation as they apply to practical ethical situations.

The DSST exam is an essay test that challenges you to analyze morally problematic situations in terms of issues relevant to a decision and arguments for alternative positions and will require you to reach your own reasoned conclusions.

This course prepares you in the following areas:

  • Theory
    • Basic theories
    • Basic concepts
    • Metaethics
    • Moral deliberation


  • Practice
    • Social and personal issues
    • Medical issues
    • Professional and business issues
    • Environmental issues

(Taken from “Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for Ethics: Theory & Practice,” Excelsior College Examinations, ©2006.)

(Taken from “Ethics in America,” DSST Fact Sheet, Prometric, ©2006.)

*Important - Please be sure to order the correct required textbook(s) for the type of product that you would like (Traditional, Advanced or Premier)

The required textbook(s) for the Advanced and Premier Course are listed below.

  • Ethics: Theory & Contemporary Issues 
      7th by Barbara MacKinnon Cengage
    ISBN 9780538452830

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Basic Moral Philosophy 4th   
       by Holmes, Robert L. - Thomson Wadsworth, 2007
    ISBN 9780495007975
  • Morality and Moral Controversies 8th   
       by John Arthur & Steven Scalet - Prentice Hall, 2009
    ISBN 9780136031376