College of Engineering & Christ College

Here are a few frequently asked questions about concurrent enrollment in Valparaiso University's College of Engineering and Christ College - the honors college.


  1. What can you expect when you combine Engineering and Christ College as your focus of education at Valparaiso University?

      Christ College provides an education in humanities to complement the science, math, and technology of an engineering education. It enhances your critical thinking, writing, and reading skills, providing a balanced education that is both challenging and immensely rewarding during and after college.

 

      “The unique curriculum of Christ College was a significant and valuable addition to the rigorous technical education I received at the College of Engineering. Very few Universities offer their students the option to study both philosophical hermeneutics and thermal radiation heat transfer in the same semester! I cannot overstate how much the combination of CC with CoE has positively influenced my career, my intellectual formation and my relationship with God.”

Steven Lehmann '09, Mechanical Engineering

 

      2.  How does a Christ College honors education benefit College of Engineering students? How does it apply to a science-related career?

      Excellent communication skills and a solid foundation in the liberal arts are valuable in all professions. An honors education in the humanities and social sciences as offered by Christ College can set you apart from other engineers.

 

      “Critical thinking and the ability to express complex concepts are important skills for any engineer. The curriculum and co-curricular activities offered by Christ College helped me develop these skills and upon graduation, I was well prepared to excel in a challenging and ever-changing environment."

Megan Mallette Sauter '08, Electrical Engineering

 

    3.   How many College of Engineering freshmen will also be members of Christ College?

      Each year 10 percent to 20 percent of the students entering the College of Engineering also decide to be members of Christ College. That is typically more than any other major — CC is a popular choice for high-achieving engineering students. We encourage all strong engineering students who are invited to join Christ College to do so. If CC turns out not to be for you after the first semester, or at any time, switching to the non-honors track is easy to do. And having taken Christ College courses, a student is always ahead in credits and fulfilling degree requirements.

 

    4.   Do you have time for other activities, like musical ensembles, clubs, and intramural sports?

      “I personally participated in Kantorei choral group and intramural volleyball through ASME. It is very possible to participate in other things while in CC and engineering. A lot of it depends on how much you can personally handle, though, which is why it is a good idea to try a variety of activities in the first semester while CC is graded as S/U. AP credit is also extremely helpful in making everything fit in so you can get all that you can.”

Peter Krenzke ’08, Mechanical Engineering and VIEP German program alumnus

 

    5.   Do the Christ College classes fit in with engineering course requirements?    

      Yes, almost all of the courses required for a Christ College Associate or Scholar designation fulfill general education requirements for engineering.  The four-year Christ College Curriculum is designed to complement all Valparaiso University programs of study, including the College of Engineering programs in Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Most College of Engineering students enrolled in Christ College elect to earn the honors designation of Christ College Associate, which requires fewer credits; others choose to take additional CC courses to earn the designation of Scholar. Christ College honors designations of Associate and Scholar can be earned without unusual credit overloads or extra semesters.

  1. All first-year students in the College of Engineering and Christ College take the same courses:

    Fall Semester 1 Cr.
    Spring Semester 2
    Cr.
    CC 110: Texts and Contexts 8 CC 115: Texts and Contexts II 8
    MATH 131 or 132 4 MATH 132 or 253 4
    PHYS 141 3 PHYS 142 3
    PHYS 141L 1 CE, ECE, or ME major course 3
    GE 100 2 PE 1
    18 19

    Recommended Christ College courses for College of Engineering students leading to Christ College Associate honors designation at commencement and on the student transcript:

    Courses Required for CC
    Associate Designation
    Engineering Major Requirement Fulfilled

    Civil
    Engineering

    Computer
    Engineering

    Electrical
    Engineering

    Mechanical
    Engineering

    CC 110: Texts and Contexts Valpo Core 110
    and Humanities
    Elective
    Valpo Core 110
    and Humanities
    Elective
    Valpo Core 110
    and Humanities
    Elective
    Valpo Core 110
    and Humanities
    Elective
    CC 115: Texts and Contexts II Valpo Core 115
    and Social
    Science Elective
    Valpo Core 115
    and Social
    Science Elective
    Valpo Core 115
    and Social
    Science Elective
    Valpo Core 115
    and Social
    Science Elective
    CC 215: The Christian Tradition THEO 200
    THEO 200 THEO 200 THEO 200
    One Course selected from:
    CC 205 Word and Image
    CC 255 Society, Self, and
    Culture
    CC 270 Interpretation in the
    Natural Sciences
    None None Free Elective
    None

    Two courses from the following:

    CC 300 or 325: Seminar
    (selected topics)

    CC 375: The Scholar in Society
    CC 455 Inquiry in the Liberal Arts

    Cultural Diversity
    Course
    Cultural Diversity
    Course

    Cultural Diversity
    Course

    -or-

    Free Elective

     

    Cultural Diversity
    Course

     

    CC 499: Senior Colloquium
    (1 credit taken senior year)
    None None None None

6.   Do engineering graduate schools and employers value Christ College honors as a credential?

      Yes! Recent Engineering/Christ College graduates have been accepted into top graduate programs such as those at Stanford University, Marquette University, Purdue University, and the University of Minnesota. Other recent graduates are employed by Motorola, General Motors, Engineering Enterprises, the U.S. Air Force, Toyota and the Department of Defense.

 

      “I credit the combination of the Christ College program in tandem with the College of Engineering for launching me into one of the best law schools in the country, and then into my career as a patent attorney. The small class sizes allow the CC professors and students to challenge each other to think, read, and write more critically - skills which are necessary in any profession.”

                                                                                                Becca Crocker '08, Mechanical Engineering

 

7.  After the freshman year, what sorts of courses do students take in Christ College?

      After the CC Freshman Program students choose from several sophomore-level courses. During their junior and senior years they choose from dozens of seminars on a variety of topics including: The Scientific Endeavor; Ecology, Justice, and Faith; Environment, Faith, and Ethics; and Environmental History of the American West. Non-science topics from recent semesters have included Freedom; Consumer Culture; Music and Meaning; Technology and Society; Civil War Literature; The American Home; and Justice. Engineering students have a wide range of choices.

 

Christ College / Engineering Alumnus Wins 2011 National Science Foundation Award

The National Science Foundation recently honored Peter Krenzke, a 2008 Mechanical Engineering graduate, with a highly competitive fellowship for graduate research. The National Science Foundation program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The funding will assist Peter as he pursues graduate work at University of Minnesota and continues working in solar energy research.

Student Achievements

Christ College / Engineering Alumnus Wins 2011 National Science Foundation Award
The National Science Foundation recently honored Peter Krenzke, a 2008 Mechanical Engineering graduate, with a highly competitive fellowship for graduate research. The National Science Foundation program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The funding will assist Peter as he pursues graduate work at University of Minnesota and continues working in solar energy research.