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Humanities and Social Sciences within Civil Engineering Curriculum

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Integration of the Humanities and Social Sciences into Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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22.789.1 - 22.789.15



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Ronald W. Welch University of Texas, Tyler

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Ron Welch is Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Until 2 January 2007, Ron was an Academy Professor at the United States Military Academy (USMA). Ron received a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the USMA in 1982 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1990 and 1999, respectively.

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Humanities and Social Sciences within Civil Engineering CurriculumMany programs struggle with how to accomplish all that is required in the current Bodyof Knowledge (BOK) while constantly facing decreasing credit hours. Some programsare already beginning to investigate how to possibly add additional outcomes listed underthe new BOK II document knowing that some of those outcomes will migrate eventuallyinto the ABET CE program criteria. Two of the possible new outcomes focus onhumanities and social sciences.How to do more with less (people, time, and resources) is a common theme on manycampuses across the country especially with the current economic crisis. Many programswill feel that there is already enough coverage of humanities and social sciences withinthe core program such that they do not need to worry about demonstration of theseoutcomes. However, the outcomes as listed in the BOK II would require demonstration ofthe importance of humanities and the incorporation of social sciences knowledge into theprofessional practice of civil engineering.This paper will provide a methodology that one Civil Engineering program is using toaddress coverage of humanities and social sciences beyond the courses that might be inthe core since programs will need to show how humanities and social sciences areincorporated into civil engineering solutions. The program is beginning the process nowbecause they believe that the new outcomes in the BOK II are justified and needed; andtherefore, they should not wait until the new outcomes become part of the official CEProgram outcomes to begin demonstrating accomplishment. This paper will present therubrics used, the results (data) of these first assignments, the assessment, and the changesbeing incorporated based on the assessment.

Welch, R. W. (2011, June), Humanities and Social Sciences within Civil Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18070

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