Bridging Two Cultures With a Dual Degree

The University of Notre Dame’s Five Year Dual-Degree Program in Arts and Letters / Engineering (AL/ENG) is a distinctive one in American higher education.

Established in the 1960s, the program enables engineering students to combine professional training in a field of engineering with a richer experience of humanistic, artistic, and social scientific perspectives than normally would be possible within the confines of a four year engineering degree program.

In a world increasingly challenged by new developments in technology and science, it is particularly important that those most intimately engaged in the creation and implementation of technology have the opportunity to reflect as broadly as possible on the world their technical work will transform.

To achieve its goals, the AL/ENG Program requires five full academic years of study.

However those who complete the program receive, in turn, two degrees, a bachelor of science degree from the College of Engineering and a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Arts and Letters.

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Student Spotlight

Jon Schommer

Jon Schommer
Class of 2014 - Civil Engineering and Program of Liberal Studies

"I am incredibly grateful for the Reilly Center dual-degree program and the opportunity it has given me to explore engineering through the hermeneutic of the humanities and vice versa. More specifically, being able to write my senior thesis for the Program of Liberal Studies about research I did with Engineering2Empower in the civil engineering department allowed me to gain a better understanding of the impact and influence engineering has on people and the important considerations to be accounted when designing a structure that is woven into the life of another."

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Alumni Spotlight

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Paul Schreier
(Class of '73/'74)

"When I was accepted at Notre Dame, I entered the EE program primarily because of the fun I was having as a ham radio operator. However, I enjoyed so many other things – literature, music, art – that I didn’t want to give them up, and I convinced my parents to let me enter the 5-year Arts & Letters/Engineering program. It wasn’t until years later that my father became convinced it was a wise choice that had actually paid off."

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