Humanities in Engineering
The Humanities in Engineering helps turn a
technical education into an expansively human one.
In a world progressively defined by engineered design and technical management, the humanities are called on to further understand the technical world. Likewise, engineering and the applied sciences — as they seek to serve the non-technical world — are increasingly called on to incorporate humanities perspectives into education and practice.
Since the 1970s, the U.S. National Science Foundation has funded programs to promote the development of professional engineering ethics. During the 1980s and 1990s professional engineering societies expanded activities related to the formulation and implementation of ethical codes of conduct. In 2000, ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) began to require the teaching of engineering ethics in programs seeking technical accreditation. From such concerns has emerged the awareness of the importance of the humanities and liberal arts in engineering education.
Ethics is just the beginning. Like the sciences and the social sciences, engineering is called upon to become self-reflective in order to realize its leadership potential. To assist in this advancement, the humanities support CSM’s commitment to engineering knowledge and technical skills in the areas of Earth, Energy, Materials, and Environment. Through the humanities CSM further promotes self-knowledge, intelligent citizenship, and critical participation in public life, turning a technical education into an expansively human one.