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The humanities and their effect on engineering education

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O'Neal, J.B., Jr. ; North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC, USA

The author seeks to shed light on the current debate on what constitutes an appropriate education in the humanities and social sciences, to give some of its history and rationale, and to explain why there will and always should be such a debate. He then describes the humanities and social sciences and shows how they evolved fairly recently from philosophy. He discusses the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the education of engineers, to the engineering profession, and to the quality of life of individuals and society. Finally, he describes how the humanities and social science requirements are structured in most engineering curricula and makes recommendations for improvement.<>

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 12 )