Since 1989, the Herbst Program has equipped engineering students with the right tools to gain intelligent and relevant access to the great ongoing conversations of human existence. Our core classes are small (12-14), highly interactive and practical. We emphasize the development of communication and thinking skills that will enhance both your life and your career. As a program of "applied humanities," we wrestle with how a more skillful engagement of literature, philosophy, film, drama, music, and art can enrich, inform, transform and enliven how we choose to engage ourselves, others and our world.
All Herbst classes count toward Humanities and Social Sciences requirements in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
"Herbst was a breath of fresh air in my engineering education. While traditional engineering classes seem to focus on straightforward "plug and chug," Herbst seminars provided me with an opportunity to analyze situations with many different answers ... Having been in the workforce for several years now, I often find myself in situations of complete uncertainty. Successfully navigating these open-ended challenges requires developing an idea while accepting and adapting to feedback ... It's not just like being in a Herbst seminar; it's like writing a Herbst essay!" - Nick Little (AeroEngr '09)
"I cannot say enough about the Herbst program, and not just because it afforded me my first opportunity to leave the country to spend a Maymester in Italy (though that was an experience of a lifetime!). I would never have been exposed to Greek philosophers, Italian artists, and lesser-known novels of American novelists without Herbst. The intimate classes, engaging discussions, and emphasis on critical thinking outside of a technical area were invaluable." - Heather Doty (BS/MS CivEngr '01)
A directed reading group for engineering faculty and staff during the academic year.
Wednesdays, 12:00-12:50 p.m. in ECOT 831
The Herbst Program of Humanities hosts a series of drop-in brown bag seminars for engineering faculty and staff throughout the academic year. Bring your lunch and join us to learn and share your thoughts and insights on a variety of great books and other works. For more information, email email@example.com.
It is easy to plan a trip if one's main goal is to eat well, at least if one has the money, but what if one wants to get a handle on the long and rich history of a city like Rome? How might one organize one's experience in this complex city to avoid drowning in a sea of unconnected facts or getting lost in a forest of undifferentiated centuries? Caesar conquered Gaul by dividing it into three parts: I seek to do the same with Rome itself. My written remarks (see link) and our first meeting will consider why it is important to think about Rome. Our second and third meetings will zero in on particular sites.
March 4: Introduction and Overview: "Culture Wars in Rome"
March 11: "Rome of the Citizen and Rome of the Caesars"
March 18: "Rome of the Popes" and "Rome of the People"
Scot Douglass - Poetry: the Optimization of Language
(more details soon)