Engineers have an obligation to practice their profession in a socially responsible manner. The education of engineers must prepare them for these responsibilities and make them aware of the constraints imposed by societal and cultural factors. Thus, an important component of the engineering curricula is a program of study of the arts/humanities and social sciences that includes educational experiences at the intersection areas of science and technology in society and cross-cultural awareness.
This program of study must include a minimum of 15 credits selected so as to satisfy the University's General Education policy on humanities and social science as well as specific program objectives. Thus, the courses chosen must satisfy all of the following criteria (Section numbers reference the General Education Policy in the current Undergraduate Announcements):
1. Arts & Humanities (A&H) - six credits of General Education courses, which must include:
a) Literature - three credits from the literature course list in Section IV* (composed of 200-level ENGL literature and 300/400-level foreign language literature courses.)
b) Non-Literature – three credits from the non-literature course list in Section IV*.
2. Social Sciences (SS) - six credits selected from two different fields listed in General Education Section V*.
3. Three additional credits selected from the following list:
AP EC 1**
AP EC 2**
A A H ***
COMM *** (not 101, 150, 250)
ENGL 2** (not 217 or 231)
ENGL 3** (not 300, 304, 312, 314, 315, 316)
ENGL 4** (not 400 or 401)
G W ***
I S 210
P A S ***
P A ***
PO SC ***
R S ***
STS 101, STS 102
A S L *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
ARAB *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
CHIN *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
FR *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
GER *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
ITAL *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
JAPN *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
PORT *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
RUSS *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
SPAN *** (not native language, unless on Gen Ed list)
Approved COES Curriculum Committee, September 04, 2012
4. Cross-Cultural Awareness (CCA)** – one course listed in Section VI*, or a University-approved cross-cultural experience such as Study Abroad.
5. Science and Technology in Society (STS)** – one course listed in Section VII*.
Individual engineering curricula may have more specific requirements (e.g., an economics course or a specific history class), or may require more than 15 hours of humanistic/social science courses. Students should consult the Clemson University Undergraduate Announcements and their academic advisors for guidance.
* See General Education Policy in current Clemson University Undergraduate Announcements.
** Students desiring to minimize total credits required to graduate should select CCA and STS courses that also satisfy an A&H or SS requirement (items 1-3 above).