Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences

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This study examines the relationship between college major, religious orientation, informal curriculum, and certain student life experiences and moral judgment at an urban commuter institution. Particular attention is paid to business students. Research questions included the effect of college major, religious orientation, and informal curriculum on moral judgment. Students answered questions relating to the constructs using a survey incorporating Sarason’s Social Support questionnaire and Batson and Ventis’s Religious Orthodoxy Scale. Moral judgment was measured by the Defining Issues Test. Responses were analyzed using least squares multiple regression analysis. The results indicated statistically significant relationships involving moral judgment with college major, social support, and religious orientation. Finally, a t-test was undertaken showing that liberal arts and other students outscored business students on the Defining Issues Test. Implications for research and practice are offered.