A Unique Focus on Emerging Field of Humanistic Engineering

The humanistic engineering programs at Stonehill prepare students for leadership, service and global citizenship. Consistent with the mission of the College, the engineering curriculum fosters critical thinking and emphasizes the understanding of societal and human needs.

The engineering curriculum is designed to meet ABET criteria and includes topics that integrate humanistic prospective and approaches to engineering. Our engineering students are expected to go beyond traditional STEM content and work with faculty and community partners to address the challenges faced by our community and society.

In addition to core engineering courses appropriate to program area, all engineering students are required to take two humanistic engineering courses —Sustainable Engineering Design and Engineering for Public Good. The sequence of two humanistic engineering courses, offered during junior year, combined with two semester of sustainable development capstone project course, sets Stonehill’s program apart from traditional engineering programs.

Degree Options

The Computer Engineering program at Stonehill College seeks to provide students with the skills and background needed to thrive in their profession while also giving them the intellectual flexibility that comes from a well-rounded liberal arts education.

The Electrical Engineering program at Stonehill College seeks to provide students with the skills and background needed to thrive in their profession while also giving them the intellectual flexibility that comes from a well-rounded liberal arts education.

The Computer Engineering minor is available to all students at the College except those pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering. It requires a minimum of six courses offered as part of the Computer Engineering major. Four courses must be unique to the minor and may not count toward the fulfillment of majors or additional minors. The Computer Engineering minor is not intended to provide specialization within an engineering discipline but is designed to complement different majors offered at Stonehill College. Non-Engineering majors are allowed to pursue a minor in Computer Engineering, provided that the course pre-requisites are met.  

The Electrical Engineering minor is available to all students at the College except those pursuing a major in Computer Engineering. It requires a minimum of six courses offered as part of the Electrical Engineering major. Four courses must be unique to the minor and may not count toward the fulfillment of majors or additional minors. The Electrical Engineering minor is not intended to provide specialization within an engineering discipline but is designed to complement different majors offered at Stonehill College. Non-Engineering majors are allowed to pursue a minor in Electrical Engineering, provided that the course pre-requisites are met.  

Offered in partnership with our sister schools, the 3+2 Engineering Program is a potential option for students to study three years at Stonehill for a science degree and two years at our sister schools, the University of Notre Dame and King’s College, for an engineering degree in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering.

We saw a real opportunity to create an engineering program that fits with the mission and values of Stonehill: social justice, equity [and] community stewardship. That’s where humanistic engineering comes in, by preparing students to lead and change by building things that impact communities of people.

Shields Science Center

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Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

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Student Success Collaborative

The Student Success Collaborative brings together five offices that provide support to students as they navigate their academic and co-curricular experiences at Stonehill.

Humanistic Engineering

The humanistic engineering programs at Stonehill College prepare our students for the position of leadership, service, and global citizenship. Consistent with the mission of the institution, the engineering curriculum is developed to foster critical thinking, and understanding society and human needs.

 

The engineering curriculum is designed to meet ABET criteria and includes topics that integrate humanistic prospective and approaches to engineering. Our engineering students are expected to go beyond traditional STEM content and work with faculty and community partners to address the challenges faced by our community and society.

 

In addition to the core engineering courses, appropriate to program area, all engineering students are required to take two humanistic engineering courses—"Sustainable Engineering Design” and “Engineering for Public Good”. The sequence of two humanistic engineering courses, offered during junior year, when combined with two semester of sustainable development capstone project course, sets Stonehill’s program apart from any traditional engineering program.

Sample Humanistic Engineering Courses

Humanistic Engineering Design Sequence

The objective of the humanistic engineering design sequence courses is to integrate problem-based learning with community engagement. Rooted in the social sciences, these course expose engineering students to social, economic, and environmental problems. Students work with the non-engineering faculty, community partners and organizations to identify unmet social needs of community and individuals.

Design For Public Good: Writing in the Disciplines

This course introduces students to user centered design methodologies. Working alongside faculty, students systematically explore, analyze and study social/societal problems in the context of engineering practices and systems. Students further explore engineering designs approaches that may help develop solutions that will address these problems. The course work consists of various methods for face-to-face instruction (micro lectures, small group work, individual work, etc.). Hands-on activities and graphical visualization are utilized to approach the design process in a collaborative team environment. Students will also work on an open-ended project in this course.

Engineering for Public Good: Social Scientific Inquiry (SSI)

Students leverage user centered design techniques and their understanding of social/societal problems to develop prototypes that address societal needs such as alleviate poverty, promote secure and sustainable development, promote intercultural cooperation. The impact of design on the society is at the center of the deliberations.

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