Center for Ethics & Global Studies

Over one hundred and fifty years ago, an American writer left the comforts of home for a little experiment.  Henry David Thoreau built a small cabin and lived in the woods for over two years, hoping to discover what life was all about.  In his classic book, Walden, Thoreau wrote these unforgettable words:

  • "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately...and see if I could not learn what it (life) had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived...I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."
  •  In a way similar to Thoreau's famous quest, an education at William Woods aims to awaken your curiosity in the world around you. 
  • It is about living deliberately.  It's about finding purpose in your life and work.   It's about teachers who know you by name and are there to help you chart a course for the future.
  • It's about learning what life has to teach - in class and out of class, on campus and in the community, from textbooks and on road trips.
  • It's about living deeply because ideas are important, people matter and each of us can make a difference in the world.

As part of our mission statement, William Woods is committed to equipping students for “lifelong education in the world community.” To that end, The Center for Ethics and Global Studies (CEGS) provides resources and programming aimed at helping our students succeed in an ever-changing world. The Center aims at developing critical thinkers who can navigate their way through the complexities of the “global village” as well compassionate citizens who learn to value other peoples and cultures.

While at the Woods, you have an opportunity to live deliberately and deeply.   Travel with us and you can sit at the feet of people who made history during the Civil Rights Movement. You can find yourself in Italy, watching the sun come up over the Roman Colosseum or admiring the works of Michelangelo. Or maybe your education here will land you on an Indian Reservation, where you’ll build bunk beds for the Lakota children as they attempt to build a brighter future. Wherever you go, we can promise you one thing: you’ll have a golden opportunity both to see the world and serve the world!

Come to the Woods. Learn what life has to teach. Live deliberately. Live deeply. Live.

For more questions, contact Travis Tamerius, Director of the Center for Ethics and Global Studies at