June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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Building a Better Engineer: The Importance of Humanities in Engineering CurriculumAbstract:Engineers are thought to be experts in their field of interest and that is often where theirexpertise ends. Engineers on one hand are good critical thinkers but on the other often lackin communication and interpersonal skills. This lack of interpersonal and communicationskills may be attributed to the lack of importance given to these disciplines during theirengineering education. In this paper, we analyze the importance of humanities inengineering curriculum. Emphasis on liberal arts and humanities can prepare engineers tofulfill their cultural and civic responsibilities. For an engineering educator, it is vital toinculcate in the engineering students, the importance of studying humanities that can openup their minds to the use of creative ideas from great minds outside of science. Humanistsclaim that the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge techniques that engineers learn in theircollege curriculum have a limited shelf life. If they master the humanities, it can providetools for extending that shelf life. One of the most important aspects of engineering iseffective communication, both verbal and written. Humanities study can strengthen theability of engineers to work and communicate with others.
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