Philosophy of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences believes that it plays a critical role in the education of the Wentworth student.  Our students are engaged in their major fields of study in disciplines whose goal is to utilize design, engineering, and technology to make life “better.”  The purpose of the Humanities and Social Sciences is to help students define “better.”  Further, no academic discipline of the human experience exists independent of that human experience.  Therefore, Wentworth students must acquire a set of values which helps them to understand and exercise integrity, vision, community involvement and knowledge of self.  As part of this values set, students must understand the application of their discipline to contemporary issues, they must acquire strong communication and team-building skills, and they must understand the definition of “leadership.”  Most importantly, they must understand themselves and their personal responsibility: i.e., develop a sense of professionalism.

The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum offers an opportunity for students to explore and master critical thinking skills, an essential for flexibility and the basis for life-long learning.  Innovative problem solving skills grow when students are provided with a wide variety of learning opportunities and challenges, such as are offered by our department.

To support the philosophy of the Humanities and Social Science department, the department has developed the following general outcomes for all of its courses:

General Humanities and Social-Sciences Outcomes

  • Analyze and evaluate the nature and consequences of human behavior.
  • Effectively express ideas through written, oral, visual, and/or digital output, utilizing discipline-specific vocabulary/terminology/conventions.
  • Critically assess and apply conceptual frameworks to cultural and social issues.

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