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


John Wetzel
Class of 2015 - Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Design

"Being able to study both Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design allowed me to follow both of my passions on an equal track rather than favoring one.  Each of my fields of study complements the other.  It allows me to bring a unique perspective to the table regardless of what challenge I am addressing. With engineering projects, I am able to integrate aesthetics and human-centered considerations into the mechanical design. With my design projects, I am able to find ways to make my ideas come to life and then how to manufacture them. In each role this unique perspective gives me a leg up. I have had recruiters for product development jobs refer to this degrees combo as the 'ultimate combination for product design.' I believe this to be true because the diversity in perspective allows for empathy and easy communication with every coworker regardless of their role. The foundation of a fully interdisciplinary education has empowered me to feel like I can take in any challenge or issue and be successful." 

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