To earn any bachelor's degree from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, you must complete the school's humanities and social sciences requirement:
- Minimum units: at least 18 units of humanities and social sciences courses must be completed with passing grades. Humanities and social sciences courses, other than transfer courses, may be taken for pass/fail credit.
- Breadth: at least 6 units of the 18 must be in the humanities and at least 6 units must be in the social sciences.
- Upper-level: at least 3 units of the 18 units completed must be from one or more courses numbered 300 or higher.
Washington University in St. Louis courses labeled with the EN:H or EN:S attribute in the semester course listings will count respectively toward the humanities or social sciences requirement for engineering degrees. In addition, all art courses (coded F10 and F20) will count toward the engineering school's humanities requirement, even though they do not have the specific EN:H designation. As a convenience, preapproved listings of humanities and social sciences courses are provided for Architecture, Business and University College.
University College courses, Henry Edwin Sever Institute courses and courses taken elsewhere are treated as transfer courses. Transfer courses must be approved through Engineering Student Services as acceptable transfer credit and as applicable humanities or social sciences courses. All transfer courses must be taken for credit (not pass/fail), and students must earn a C or better in transfer courses for the credit to transfer to the school. Grades do not transfer.
To find Humanities & Social Sciences Requirements Courses on WebSTAC:
You can easily search for WUSTL courses online that will count as fulfilling either Humanities or Social Sciences credits for any engineering program. Use WebSTAC's course listings option, followed by the Semester Search option. From there, you can select a specific school's set of courses from the drop-down box. For example, select "Arts & Sciences" for the bulk of applicable Humanities and Social Sciences courses; however, there are also a few applicable courses under Business, Architecture and Design & Visual Arts.
"How-to" input search criteria
- Select the given School/area of courses
- Select the check-box labeled "Any Department" to examine all possible courses across all departments.
NOTE: You can optionally use the "CTRL click" feature to select individual departments of interest.
- Select the "attribute" lines to indicate you wish to search specifically for Engineering-approved Humanities & Social Science courses; these are the lines labeled as "(EN) H" and "(EN) S."
NOTE: Both of these "attributes" can be selected using the "CTRL click" feature. In this manner, you can easily display just the courses counting as either Humanities (i.e., EN H) or Social Sciences (EN S) or both.
Special exception for College of Art courses
Courses selected under "Art" alone will *not* display as having any Engineering Humanities & Social Sciences attribute. However, *all* College of Art courses within the F10 and F20 departments will automatically count as fulfilling Humanities requirements for Engineering majors. Your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) will automatically reflect this fact.
Humanities and Social Sciences requirement fulfillment varies between schools, and each school will have its own coding. Thus, be certain to look for "EN H" or "EN S" if you want to make sure the course counts for an Engineering degree.