Stain Glass view from inside the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel
Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership

The logo of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership

Established in 2002, The Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership oversees the Oikos Scholars Program for Social and Ecological Responsibility and the service-learning program at Oklahoma City University. The Center also hosts a number of lectures and workshops each year on a variety of ethical issues and provides co-curricular support for the university’s ethics minor, which is offered through the department of philosophy. Prof. Dann May serves as the current Director of this center and Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies was the Founding Director.


Service learning at Oklahoma City University gives students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom through service in a community-based setting. Since the inception of the service learning program in the 2002 spring semester, OCU has offered 484 service learning courses. Starting in fall of 2003, a service learning course was made part of the general education requirement for all undergraduates.

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The Oikos Scholars program aspires to be a premier liberal arts program for preparing students to engage in lives of social and ecological responsibility. Oikos is the Greek word for house. The root word for both ecology and economics, it points to those dual responsibilities that are central to the mission of the Oikos Scholars Program. All Oikos scholars participate in service learning projects each year, complete courses addressing issues of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability, and are required to complete at least one approved international education experience while at Oklahoma City University. Up to twenty first-year students and up to five sophomores will be selected each year to participate in the Oikos Scholars Program.

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Requirements: Total Credit Hours: 19

Required Course Credits: 7
PHIL/REL 2213 Introduction to Moral & Social Philosophy: 3
PHIL 3114 History of Philosophy I or
PHIL 3214 History of Philosophy II or
PHIL 3314 History of Philosophy III: 4 credits

Electives (select three): 9 Credits
PHIL/REL 2163 Moral Issues in Contemporary Culture –
Variable Topics (may be repeated with different content)
PHIL 2203 Business Ethics
PHIL/REL 2703 Introduction to Christian Ethics
PHIL 2513 Ethics of Communications

Upper-division elective (select one): 3 credits
PHIL/REL 3613 Problems and Issues in Christian Ethics
PHIL 3763 Topics in Ethics–Variable Topics
Other 3000- or 4000- level courses in philosophy and/or
religion with sufficient content in ethics (to be determined by the chair of the philosophy department)