The humanities and the social sciences teach students to foster creativity and to think critically about culture and society. The humanities include disciplines such as art and music, languages and literature, communication, history, religion, and philosophy. The social sciences include disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. At Rose-Hulman, the Humanities and Social Sciences Department helps students understand their lives and work in the light of global, social, and ethical contexts and traditions.
From our grads:
“When I went to grad school, there were a lot of people from a lot of different countries there, and so I had already gotten this perspective on the world and the ability to appreciate other cultures too.” - Fiona Shine, Biomedical Engineering, Minors in German and Language & Literature, 2014.“In my job right now, I communicate with people on a daily basis, and I have to explain very complicated ideas to people who sometimes don't have technical backgrounds at all.” - Adam Esch, Computer Engineering, Minor in Language & Literature, 2012
“I've used my humanities education at Rose more than anything else outside. I have a philosophy minor from Rose and that critical thinking technique, that ability to always look at a situation or argument from different sides is something that is always with me whenever I'm making any kind of value judgement, any kind of major life decision, any kind of decision for my career, or for whom to vote.” - Thom Adams, Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Philosophy, 1990
“The humanities and social sciences are all about critical thinking; they’re about looking at things from an analytical perspective. Having a background in economics gives you the global view of how things work on a grand scale.” - Caleb Eiler, Economics and Applied Mathematics, 2013
“My double major in math and economics from Rose-Hulman gave me the perfect balance of technical knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to perform my job. As an actuary I use complex math skills to calculate prices for insurance, but it’s my background in economics that helps me advise others in applying my calculations to make important business decisions. Some other schools offer specific actuarial programs, but the broader education I received at Rose-Hulman has provided me with skills that other actuaries don’t have, making me a more valuable employee.” - Nicole Burton, Mathematics and Economics, 2011