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Program Objectives

Engineering Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Hope College Engineering Program is to provide engineering students with a solid foundation in engineering and the underlying mathematics and sciences within the framework of a liberal arts education and to contribute to the education of other Hope College students.

The professional practice of engineering requires an understanding of analytical methods, design techniques, social and economic influences and an appreciation for cultural and humanistic traditions. Our program supports these needs by offering each engineering student the opportunity to acquire a broad yet individualized technical and liberal education. At the core of the curriculum is a sequence of mathematics, physics and engineering courses that foster analytical and design skills applicable to a range of engineering disciplines. Elective courses, design projects and undergraduate research opportunities allow students to pursue specific areas of interest. Hope's strong liberal arts core curriculum provides engineering students with critical thinking skills, proficiency in a foreign language and exposure to a diversity of views and cultures. Graduates of the program are prepared to begin a professional career or continue study in graduate school.

Engineering Program Objectives:

The goal of the Hope College Engineering Program is to prepare our graduates for professional practice or advanced studies by providing a broad education in engineering fundamentals in a liberal arts environment. Hope College Engineering graduates will:

1. Be active in engineering practice or find that their engineering background and problem-solving skills were helpful in non-engineering fields such as law, medicine, and business.

2. Continue their career development by engaging in life-long learning that builds upon foundational knowledge acquired as part of their undergraduate education.

3. Find that their undergraduate liberal arts education helped prepare them to contribute to the greater benefit of society.

The engineering program views itself and its students as participants in the liberal arts community. As such, the engineering students at Hope are full liberal arts majors. In addition, the engineering faculty contribute to the general education of non-majors via regularly offering a:

  • Science and Technology course and laboratory that provides non-engineering students with an understanding of technology and an awareness of the importance of technology to society.
  • First Year Seminar which is a small discussion-driven class that seeks to develop the ability of new college students to think critically and express their thoughts on open-ended issues.