Celebrating 50 years!
- Uniquely integrating engineering and the liberal arts, the Engineering Studies program has been preparing students to be broadly educated sociotechnical citizens since 1970. Learn more
Engineering Studies embodies the Lafayette ideal of integrating engineering and the liberal arts.
Students with this interdisciplinary bachelor of arts degree are bridge builders between communities, translators across sectors, and future managers and leaders who understand engineering as a liberal art. Toward those ends, the program provides students with a technical background in engineering fundamentals paired with substantial coursework in humanities, social science, and the natural sciences that graduates often use for careers inside and beyond technical professions. Engineering Studies students appreciate that for technologies to work, complex cultural, political, economic, environmental, and technical dimensions all need to work together. The curriculum encourages big-picture systems thinking combined with a sociotechnical perspective that teaches students to see problems through a multi-faceted lens as varied as their personal interests, from economics and finance to art, architecture, sustainability, and more.
The Engineering Studies Program brings together the four divisions of campus—engineering, humanities, science, social sciences—for a truly liberal arts education.
Professor Stine wants engineering studies students to understand the important role they can play in public policy.
Benjamin Cohen, chair of engineering studies and associate professor at Lafayette College, is one of the editors of the newly released Acquired Tastes:…
Pairing engineering studies with economics provided Jack Kleinert ’18 the unique opportunity to straddle both a technical and business-oriented trajectory…