The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology engages in research and scholarship at the intersection of science, technology, the arts and humanities. The school seeks to have a positive, long-lasting impact on society and the world. Our courses educate engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs and scientists to become literate, articulate, creative and ethically responsible.
History of The College of Arts and Letters
Humanities and liberal arts education have played a central role at Stevens Institute of Technology since its inception in 1870. In addition to rigorous scientific training and laboratory practice, the earliest curricula included four years of courses in literature, philosophy and language. A formal Department of Humanities was created in 1928 and, over time, grew to be small liberal arts college under the development of Professor Jack Fife, cultural historian Richard Humphrey and historian of science Harold Dorn.
The creation of separate schools of engineering, science and technology management within Stevens in 1996 set the Humanities Department on its own course. In 2003, the Humanities Department was renamed as the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and in 2007, the Stevens Board of Trustees voted to establish the College of Arts and Letters.
The College of Arts and Letters is devoted to traditional humanities and liberal arts education and research as seen through the lens of science and technology. This distinctive emphasis is especially appropriate for today's world, and it befits a leading institution of scientific and technological research and education.