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Integrating Sciences and Engineering in the Liberal Arts Curriculum


This entry makes two short claims regarding the integration of sciences and engineering in the liberal arts curriculum:

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    It is possible to achieve such an integration.

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    It is currently highly desirable to effect such an integration.

Background and Foundational Questions

The Western tradition of liberal arts has always contained an element of universalizing ambition. From the early Greek idea of education in an encompassing circle (O’Hear and Sidwell 2009) to the increasing comprehensiveness (throughout the Middle Ages and beyond) of first the Trivium and then the seven artes liberales – formed in the sixth century by Boethius’ adding of the more ostensibly “scientific” Quadrivium to the existing Trivium (Fournier 2008) – one strand of liberal education has been an attempt to capture the unity of knowledge in an organic whole (The BPTI’s Channel 2012; Randel 2005).

If we wish to honor this ambition today, where do we start? How big should we try to make our picture?...


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  • American Colleges And Universities (AACU)
  • Trefil
  • Science Core Curriculum
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Gombrich, C. (2017). Integrating Sciences and Engineering in the Liberal Arts Curriculum. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore.

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