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Integration of Humanities and Social Sciences into Civil Engineering Education

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Integration of the Humanities and Social Sciences into Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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22.922.1 - 22.922.8



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Jeffrey C. Evans Bucknell University

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Jeffrey Evans is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University. He joined Bucknell in 1985 after professional experience with Woodward-Clyde Consultants and serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Reserves). He earned his B.S.C.E. from Clarkson University, his M.S.C.E. from Purdue University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.

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Integration of Humanities and Social Sciences into Civil Engineering EducationAbstractIn the current edition of the Body of Knowledge, the Civil Engineering professionrecognizes the careers of the future civil engineer need to be underpinned byeducation in the Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Mathematics andNatural. While Civil Engineering is a technical discipline and the strong technicaleducation must continue, it is now explicitly recognized that the contributions ofcivil engineers are largely to and for human society. The Humanities includessubjects such as art, philosophy and literature while social science includessubjects such as political science, economics, sociology and psychology.But how is education in social sciences and humanities incorporated into astudent’s undergraduate education? This paper summarizes, compares andanalyzes the approach to humanities and social science education taken by tendifferent universities in their civil engineering programs. The most commonapproach can be termed cafeteria style where students pick and choose coursesthat meet program criteria for “approved” social science and humanities electives.Also common is the requirement for some depth in one area as well as breadththrough studies in several areas. Other approaches are also discussed.

Evans, J. C. (2011, June), Integration of Humanities and Social Sciences into Civil Engineering Education Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18258

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