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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & History

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & History


The combined history and mechanical engineering major is designed to help students develop skills across different intellectual domains. A solid grounding in history helps students better understand the political, cultural, and economic context in which technologies are developed and deployed. Indeed, history offers a myriad of case studies that highlight both the transformative potential and the unintended consequences of new technologies and technological processes. By studying different phases of the past and different societies in the past, students will gain a broad perspective that gives them the range and flexibility required in many work situations. History also provides a terrain for moral contemplation. Greater sensitivity to historical context also helps students see beyond commonly accepted narratives valorizing individual entrepreneurs and appreciate the different ways in which innovation, disruption, official support, and even contingency give rise to new technologies. Finally, by writing effective papers and engaging in productive discussions at the heart of history courses, students also cultivate skills in critical analysis and persuasive communication that could be employed in any future careers.

Innovative Curriculum

Students have the option of selecting from several minors to complement their degree and personalize their path. Students can select from minors in the department, in other engineering departments, or from across the university.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree PlusOne program allows current undergraduate students to accelerate the attainment of the master’s degree by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current students apply to enroll in the PlusOne program. Students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.

Students currently earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering & History can select from the PlusOne pathways available for BS in Mechanical Engineering students.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education, combining rigorous coursework with hands-on experience in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field—locally and abroad. With our signature cooperative education (co-op) program, students typically gain six months of work experience integrated as part of the educational program. Both five-year, three-co-op and four-year, two-co-op program options are available.

Academic Advising

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Admissions & Aid

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