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"I have taken seven Herbst classes altogether and plan to take another. I just can't seem to get enough. All of the professors know how to relate the humanities to engineering in a way that makes sense."

The Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder invites you to participate in the education of well-read, well-rounded engineers.

The program seeks support in its efforts to:

  • guide students in reading significant texts carefully - texts in literature, philosophy, history, public policy, and ethics that offer intellectual, rhetorical, and moral challenges;
  • give students practice in weighing evidence, composing an argument, and defending a point of view with conviction and assurance, but without close-mindedness.
  • show students, through discussion of open-ended questions, that one can make worthwhile progress even in the absence of a right answer, and that a generous spirit in discussion can create solidarity and understanding, even when it does not produce consensus;
  • help students develop as writers by encouraging them to write clearly, succinctly, and forcefully - and by welcoming them as individuals into their own prose;
  • engage students with theatre, music, and art, and to give them the skills and the confidence to pursue these fields on their own.

A gift of any size can contribute to the Program’s goals. Your gifts can subsidize a student visit to the CU opera, contribute to framing an exceptionally fine student art reproduction, or pay for a Course Reader and thus keep student book costs down. If you would like additional information on giving to Herbst Humanities, please contact our senior director of development at engineering@colorado.edu. Thank you!

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