Ethics Bowl is a team-based intercollegiate debate competition covering a range of current events and controversies in applied Ethics. Cal Poly sends two student teams each year to compete in the California Regional Ethics Bowl, where students debate and discuss cases with college teams from California, Utah, and Arizona.
Success in Ethics Bowl debate requires students to apply their philosophical training to make oral arguments on the spot about moral issues on topics ranging from fake news to privacy, gun control, autonomous cars and weapons, international relations and new medical technologies.
The Cal Poly team won 2nd place in the California Regional Competition in 2016, and placed in the top 4 in the region in 2017. We qualified for and were invited to compete in both the 2017 and 2018 Ethics Bowl National Championships. Our students traveled to Dallas, TX in 2017 and Chicago, IL in 2018 and competed against the top teams in the nation.
To find out more about Ethics Bowl, contact Dr. David Zoller.