Liberal Studies and Civil Engineering: A Modest Proposal

by Raymond H. Merritt, Prof. and Chmn.; Liberal Arts Div., Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minn.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 11, Pg. 71-73

Document Type: Feature article


To understand the world in this time of complex technologies and highly specialized disciplines requires a generalist training as the foundation for a profession. Alienation of individuals is due to the loss of understanding what is going on in the world and why major economic, social, and political events occur. The expertise of civil engineers can be used to create environments that enhance the quality of life, if the engineers are educated to believe quality of life and subjective aspects of human existance depend on how he or she solves a design problem for our environment.

Subject Headings: Lifeline systems | Training | Professional development | Economic factors | Social factors | Political factors | Human factors | Foundation design

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