In today’s interconnected and highly complex world, employees often fill multiple roles, with specialization increasingly becoming a thing of the past. The demand for professionals with interdisciplinary skills calls for innovation in undergraduate education—a fusion of engineering and the liberal arts that equips students with a new and diverse set of problem-solving tools.

For example, providing clean water not only requires engineering for retrieval, distribution, and treatment systems, but also a determination of where such systems should be implemented, what type of systems are appropriate, and how they will be financed. Similarly, achieving sustainable energy requires diplomatic, political, and societal changes as well as improvements in energy generation and distribution technologies.

The Engineering Studies major requirements allow for substantial flexibility. Nine
course requirements enable students to choose among two or more courses to fulfill the requirement. As a result, students’ paths to completion of the degree and their career paths after graduation may be quite different from one another.

The Best Society

  • Lafayette’s Engineering Studies student organization, the Best Society, meets regularly to share insights and explore career opportunities. The organization was named for Charles L. Best whose Lafayette career spanned four decades and who helped oversee creation of the bachelor of arts in engineering program.