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Liberal Arts and Engineering

Liberal Arts Makes Better Engineers

A Liberal Arts education adds a special dimension and perspective to an engineer's problem-solving skills. It takes more than just theory to transform an idea into a useful technology for our society. One must be able to champion an idea with effective communication and a deep appreciation for the people, perceptions, policies and business environment which will ultimately define the success of the technology.

We know that the development and adoption of critical technologies in energy, transportation, medicine, environment, food and water resources will not come to pass with a singular focus on the science alone. The best solutions require a broad understanding of society and the political environment in which these technologies must endure. A Liberal Arts education gives the St. Thomas engineer the ability to see other dimensions to issues and interact directly with a variety of people to solve some of our most pressing problems.