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
ENES 1010 - Engineering, Ethics and Society
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
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. Formerly HUEN 1010.
ENES 3100 - Seminar in Engineering, Ethics & Society
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
Introduces students to foundational texts in personal ethics (from philosophy, literature, history, and the arts). Class discussion puts these texts into context for students preparing to enter careers in engineering and applied science.'Includes extensive writing. Fulfills the College of Engineering & Applied Science writing requirement.'Department prerequisite: a minimum GPA of 3.0. Formerly HUEN 3100.
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. Formerly HUEN 2210.