Dr. Kowalchuk's research is focused on questions surrounding the common good, justice, the regime, and education in the history of political thought. Her current work explores the differences between political virtue and genuine virtue, civic education and philosophic education in the political-ethical thought of Aristotle.
ancient philosophy, ancient political philosophy, Greek drama and epic, modern philosophy, history of political thought, history of science, limits of reason
HUEN 1010 - Humanities for Engineers
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Explores a wide variety of challenging and interesting humanistic themes (love, responsibility, ambition, etc.) in many forms (fiction, philosophy, plays, poetry, art, music, etc.). In small discussion-based classes, emphasizes the writing, public speaking and critical thinking skills needed to excel as a professional engineer. Fulfills College of Engineering writing requirement for first-year freshmen only.
HUEN 2210 - Engineering, Science, and Society
Explores challenges that engineering and science pose for society plus the ways that societies shape or impede science and engineering. Case studies range from contemporary issues (global warming, nuclear weapons, and genetic engineering) to classic cases (the execution of Socrates). Core texts in the Western Tradition supplement contemporary articles and films.
HUEN 3100 - Advanced Humanities for Engineers
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Explores what it means to be a fully human being:�through group discussion, closely examines individual works of culturally and historically significant philosophy, literature and art.�Includes extensive writing. Fulfills the College of Engineering & Applied Science writing requirement.�Department prerequisite: a minimum GPA of 3.0.