Intellectual Breadth

Intellectual Breadth

It is important for Michigan engineers to learn about modes of thought and areas of human accomplishment beyond the purely technical. This breadth can be designed by each student to bring context to their engineering work by learning about human modes of thought, the structure and history of the societies that they serve as engineers, how humans behave and interact, and how humans express their aspirations in the arts, literature and music. This breadth will help students to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.

All CoE students must complete the Intellectual Breadth requirement, including: 

  • 16 Intellectual Breadth Credits: Comprised of Liberal Arts Courses (LACs – defined in the CoE Bulletin) and no more than 4 credits of Professional and Creative Development Courses (PCDC), defined in the CoE Bulletin). These 16 required credits must include:
    • Humanities: At least 3 credits of Humanities classes marked HU in the LSA course guide; credit by test cannot be used to meet this requirement.
    • 300-level LAC: At least 3 credits of LAC must be at the 300 level or higher. This upper-division course can be either HU or SS.
    • Students may satisfy the Humanities and 300-level requirements with a single course.
  • Up to 4 credits of PCDC can be used toward the Intellectual Breadth requirement
    • PCDC credits are optional, not required