You need at least 18 credit hours in humanities, social sciences, and writing in order to graduate from one of the College's 14 Bachelor of Science degree programs.  Some degree programs require more credit hours in this area.  You can learn more about the courses below, including course descriptions and prerequisites, in the University Catalog.

The following minimum requirements apply:

A. Writing: 3 credit hours. Choose one of the following:

  • HUEN/ENES 1010 (first-year engineering freshers only)
  • ENLP 3100, HUEN/ENES 3100, WRTG 3030, WRTG 3035, or PHYS 3050
  • WRTG 3020 Topics in Writing [Irish Odysseys] topic only, can apply as writing course or as HSS course, but not both

B. Humanities and Social Sciences: 15 credit hours of approved courses, of which 6 must be at the upper-division level (3000 or higher).

Pre-Fall 2018 HSS/Writing requirements may be found here.

Explanation of Categories on the Approved H&SS Course List

  • College of Arts & Sciences General Education Courses: Any course included in the General Education categories of:

    counts as an H&SS elective in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.  If you want to plan ahead, PDFs showing the full list of courses in the "Arts & Humanities" and "Social Sciences" categories can be found here.  Please note that the credit hour requirements listed for each category are A&S GenEd requirements (not applicable to engineering students)!

  • The Herbst Program of for Engineering, Ethics and Society teaches H&SS courses designed especially for engineers, and all Herbst courses are approved for H&SS credit. See a list of offerings by the Herbst Program.  All Engineering Honors courses (with course prefix of EHON) are also approved for H&SS credit.

  • All Engineering Leadership Program courses (with course prefix of ENLP) are approved for H&SS credit.

  • Foreign Language. All foreign language courses at the 1000- and 2000- levels and all foreign language courses at the 3000+ levels on the A&S General Education Arts & Humanities list are approved. The college encourages students to pursue the study of a new language. However, students should NOT enroll in courses for which they have already mastered the material.

  • First-Year Seminar Courses. Some First-Year Seminars (FYSM) will apply as lower division Humanities & Social Science credit for the College of Engineering. Consult this list to see which FYSM courses are approved.

  • Any other course specifically approved for all students by the Undergraduate Education Council of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The following courses are so approved:

    • ARCH 3114 — History and Theory of Architecture 1
    • ARCH 3214 — History and Theory of Architecture 2
    • ARCH 4010 — Architectural Appreciation and Design
    • ASEN 3036 — Introduction to Human Spaceflight
    • ASEN 3046 — Humans in Aviation
    • ASTR 2000 — Ancient Astronomies of the World
    • ATLS 2000 — The Meaning of Information Technology
    • CMCI 3000 — Special Topics in CMCI [Space Age Kids/Media/Info]
    • COEN 2050 — Engineering Leadership Gateway
    • COEN 3050 — Complex Challenges in Leadership
    • CSCI 4250/5250 — Computer Science: The Canon
    • CVEN 2837 — Special Topics: Global Engineering (Fall 2020 only)
    • ECEN 3070 — Edges of Science
    • EDUC 2020 — Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    • EDUC 4023 — Differentiating Instruction in Diverse Secondary Classrooms
    • EDUC 4050 — Knowledge and Learning in Mathematics and Science
    • EMUS/MUEL/MUSC 3642 — History of Jazz
    • ENVD 2001 — Social Factors in Environmental Design
    • ENVD 3009 — Special Topics in Environmental Design [Layers of Rome]
    • ENVD 3114 – History & Theory of Environmental Design Small Scale: Buildings
    • ENVD 3134 – History & Theory of Environmental Design Medium Scale: Precincts
    • GEEN 1100/CHEN 1000 — Social Impact of Technology/Creative Technology
    • GEEN 3300 — Sustainability Ethics and Practice
    • INFO 3101 — History of Information, Science and Society
    • MCDB 3330 — Evolution and Creationism
    • MUEL 3892 — Music and Space
    • MUSC 3802 — History of Music 1
    • MUSC 3812 — History of Music 2
    • NRLN 3500 — Construction of Knowledge in the Fields
    • PHYS 3000 — Science and Public Policy
    • PRLC 3810 — Global Issues in Leadership
    • PSYC 1001 — General Psychology
    • STAT 4700 — Philosophy of Statistics
    • WRTG 1250 — Advanced First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
    • WRTG 3020 [Irish Odysseys: Writing in Ireland] topic only, can apply as HSS course or as writing course, but not both
  • Up to six credits of the following ROTC courses also count as H&SS electives:

    • NAVR 2020, 3101, 4020, 4101
    • AIRR 2010, 2020, 4010, 4020
    • MILR 4082
  • Up to one credit hour of COEN 1510 is also approved.

Strategies for Fulfilling H&SS Requirements

In choosing your H&SS electives, try to envision a coherent plan that combines both breadth and depth. Avoid accumulating a host of unrelated and/or introductory courses. There are many useful and reasonable ways to combine H&SS courses, but you need to think first about your particular interests and needs. A few organizing strategies:

  • Concentrate your courses in a single department, such as History, Philosophy, Political Science, or a Foreign Language. This sort of grouping may enable you to declare a minor field or earn a certificate; requirements vary by department.
  • Create an international focus to your degree by declaring the Global Engineering Minor.  A number of the globally- and regionally-focused courses within the minor also count towards humanities and social science requirements.
  • Consider earning the Engineering, Science and Society Certificate to engage in contemporary issues regarding the promotion, use, and possible risks of engineering and applied science.
  • Consider courses in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society, which offers seminars that are already designed to fit well with one another in a coherent, interdisciplinary program. The Herbst Program's small classes are an excellent opportunity for you to interact with faculty and with fellow students, and to work on your writing and public speaking skills. Each semester Herbst offers upper-division H&SS courses with no prerequisities. See the Herbst website for more information.
    • In addition to its regular freshman and junior/senior seminars, Herbst offers a variety of special interest classes, including: History of Science and Technology, Tradition and Identity, Engineering, Science, and Society, The Meaning of Information Technology, Leonardo da Vinci's World, X'ian China: Self-awareness and Images of the Other (Summer Course offered in X'ian, China)
    • HUEN/ENES 3100 Advanced Humanities for Engineers: The Human Quest Continues fulfills the college writing requirement (or may be used as an upper-division HSS class).  HUEN/ENES 1010 Humanities for Engineers: The Human Quest fulfills the college writing requirement (or may be used as a lower-division HSS class).