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

Antwane Mason

Antwane Mason
Class of 2013 - Computer Science and Japanese

"I believe that the Reilly Dual Degree program has broadened my thinking, which has allowed me to look beyond simply writing code, but also into thinking about how to sustain the practice of computer science in the future, which I believe is tied to increasing diversity within the field. This desire led our group to think about how to get minority groups and people with disabilities excited about computer science in introductory CS coursework."

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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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