Distinctiveness of the Program
Our program is not merely a collection of courses; it is structured to allow each course to build on preceding ones and for students to be exposed to the humanities and social sciences throughout their years here. We believe this is important for several reasons.
- Our cooperative education program exposes our students to social and ethical issues that require the disciplined reflections that our courses provide. Becoming a successful professional requires more than just technical knowledge. It also requires an understanding of human beings. In our courses, students are reminded of the legitimacy of criticism, the usefulness of the scientific method in identifying organizational problems and solutions, the lessons in character and morality from literature, and more.
Simply knowing the right answer is not good enough. You have to be able to convince others that you are correct and that you know what you are talking about. Liberal Studies courses are important because the answers are not always numbers and theorems; sometimes you have to know about the people using your product. Well-rounded is not just a manufacturing term.
~Mark Lazar, Computer Science, 2007 graduate
- Students’ cognitive abilities, attitudes towards education, and professional experiences change as they progress through college. This implies that the benefits that students gain from our courses increase as they reach higher levels of academic maturity. Students should not take only technical courses when they reach these levels.
- General education courses must be seen as an essential part of one’s education and preparation for adult life. Career and life are not separate experiences and Kettering University’s educational program demonstrates this through its curriculum. Unlike other college programs, ours does not sideline the non-technical courses by allowing students to “get them out of the way” early in the college years.
The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is designed specifically for Kettering’s unique program. It is absolutely essential to the professional development of our students. Without it, our university could still graduate technically well-trained people, but they would lack the understandings and skills that are expected of well-educated professionals; citizens who have significant responsibilities for the welfare of the society in which they live.
It is important, as an engineering professional and individual, to have a well-rounded education and broad understanding of the world. Learning about philosophers such as Emerson and Thoreau, scientific thinkers and social barrier breakers like Galileo and Darwin, and studying corporate ethics have all helped to balance my education and aid me in forming my own unique opinions and world view. I could not have done this without the Liberal Studies program.
~Andrew Bolf, Electrical Engineering, 2006 graduate