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The Program in Socially Engaged Design allows undergraduate engineering students to focus on techniques of socially engaged design and earn the following notations on their transcript: “Program in Socially Engaged Design.” Providing students the opportunity to organize their elective courses around the practice, the program can be completed without exceeding 128 credits required for a BS/BSE. Students from all disciplines are welcome.

Curriculum

To complete the Program in Socially Engaged Design, students must declare the program and complete all of the requirements. Declaring to the program does not guarantee notation on a student’s transcript. There are four requirements to ensure program completion:

Foundations Course (3 credits)

These two courses provide a strong foundation for students to broaden their understanding of socially engaged design.

  • ME499/599: Front End Design with Prof. Shanna Daly
  • ENGRX55: Finding Genuine Fieldwork Opportunities

Supporting Design Course (3 credits)

Students must complete one course supporting design course to deepen their education of socially engaged design practices.

This is a selection of pre-approved* courses.

  • ARTDES 610: Directed Studio Practice
  • CEE 265: Sustainable Engineering Principles
  • ENGR 355: Intermediate Multidisciplinary Engineering Project
  • ME 455: Advanced Multidisciplinary Design Project
  • ME 581: Global Product Development
  • ME 589: Sustainable Design of Technology Systems
  • NRE 550: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development
  • SI 422: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation
  • SI 512: Designing for Engagement
  • SI 582: Introduction to Interaction Design

*You may petition to use another course. If you are petitioning to use an alternate course to fulfill any of the requirements (i.e., a course not listed on the approved list), please be prepared to upload the course syllabus and/or description in the declaration form.

Breadth Course (3 credits)

Students must complete one breadth course to broaden education outside of the College of Engineering. Students are encouraged to choose a course in the thematic area of a design project they are engaging in at the curricular or co-curricular level.

This is a selection of pre-approved* courses.

  • ANTHRCUL 256: Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
  • AOSS 530: Engineering Climate Change
  • ARCH 509: Design Activism and Social Change
  • INTMED 387: Implementation Solutions for Global Health Equity (for a student working on a global health project)
  • ENVIRON 304: Topics in Culture and Environment (for a student working on an environmental project)
  • HISTART 354: Art, Science, and Technology
  • STRAT 562/TO 563: Strategies for Enhancing Growth and Improving Access in Emerging Markets
  • NRE 514: Environmental Impact Assessment
  • NRE 560: Behavior and Environment
  • SI 648/748: Infoculture: Theory and Methods in the History and Sociology of Info Technology

*You may petition to use another course. If you are petitioning to use an alternate course to fulfill any of the requirements (i.e., a course not listed on the approved list), please be prepared to upload the course syllabus and/or description in the declaration form.

SEDA Learning Blocks (For completion – not credit-bearing)

Students must complete two Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) learning blocks from an approved list. Serving to round out a student’s SEDA knowledge and skills, these blocks provide instruction and assessment on topics that are currently not covered or are covered in a limited manner at a curricular level with the CoE. This means that there is no stand-alone SED course, and, therefore, it is unlikely that a student will be able to engage with a broad spectrum of SED topic areas in their coursework alone.

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