ERIC Number: ED359520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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A Model for Professional Education in the 21st Century: Integrating Humanities and Engineering through Writing.
Olds, Barbara M.; Miller, Ronald L.
The "HumEn" (Humanities/Engineering Integration) program developed at the Colorado School of Mines integrates humanities and engineering through reading and writing. Through integrative reading and writing engineering students are led to make appropriate connections between the humanities and their technical work, connections that will carry over into their professional lives. A thematic approach links an introductory chemical engineering course with a humanities course and examines such issues as: the methods used by scientists, engineers and humanists; the world view necessary to produce science and technology; the value trade-offs inherent in a technological society; and the technical questions faced by engineering professionals. The course emphasizes class discussion, open-ended design projects, teamwork, and a variety of writing assignments, including a semester-long journal. Students involved in HumEn courses find the experience both rewarding and broadening, based on data collected over 5 years. Engineering students are interested in the questions raised by the humanities and they particularly appreciate an opportunity to read and write about literature, history, philosophy, and drama in the context of their engineering discourse community. (The HumEn Integrated Course syllabus and four figures of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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