Since 1989, the Herbst Program has engaged engineering students in the weighty questions of human existence and in linking these to the ethical practice of engineering. As our students discuss great works, they hone their skills at critical thinking and clear communication - essential skills for future engineers. Our courses use foundational works from different eras and cultures to address the complexities where these three fields overlap:

  • Engineering, as an educational process and a profession
  • Ethics, or personal responsibility
  • Society, as the rich socio-cultural world in which we live

All Herbst courses count toward Humanities and Social Sciences requirements in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.