The Engineering Leadership Program (ENLP) confronts leadership challenges in applied science using liberal arts pedagogy. The program aims to cultivate engineering leaders of curiosity and character who combine technical expertise with moral principles and political literacy to address society’s most pressing scientific and technological problems.
ENLP offers a wide variety of courses on the thought and practice of leadership, many of which utilize primary source texts in history, the philosophy of science, moral philosophy, political science, and anthropology. The program’s courses count for humanities and social sciences credit in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and most courses are discussion-based seminars. Students with a deep interest in ENLP’s curriculum are encouraged to pursue the Engineering Leadership Certificate and develop long-term relationships with faculty. Such students may also wish to take courses in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society, many of which count for credit toward the certificate.
In addition to introducing students to the intellectual complexities of leadership, the program also addresses contemporary concerns in engineering practice. CU Boulder's engineering alumni and established leaders from engineering industry, business and politics frequently visit ENLP classes to give guest lectures, hold interview sessions and converse with students over informal lunches. The Engineering Leadership Program has also partnered with the Engineering Management Program to offer coursework for ENLP students interested in engineering project management, engineering entrepreneurship and engineering economics.
Courses offered by the Engineering Leadership Program are open to all students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. All ENLP courses count for humanities and social sciences credit. Students interested in ENLP are advised (but not required) to begin their course of study with ENLP 2000, the program's introductory course.
The certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework to be completed prior to graduation. Graduating students who have completed their certificate requirements must fill out the Certificate Completion Form on the ENLP website to receive certificate status on their transcripts.
Students may take any ENLP course to sample the program's offerings, or they may choose to take multiple courses and pursue the Engineering Leadership Certificate. The certificate is designed for students who are deeply curious about leadership and its manifold relationship with science, humanity, and political society.
Most ENLP courses are discussion-based seminars focused on primary source readings spanning a wide variety of scientific, humanistic, and social scientific disciplines. ENLP courses also offer opportunities to attend guest lectures, travel abroad, network with CU alumni, and meet leaders from the public and private sectors.
Required Courses and Credits
Students are required to take any four courses from the list of core requirements or any three courses from the list of core requirements and one approved elective.
A list of approved electives is also available on the ENLP website. Students may petition the Engineering Leadership Program Director to consider other electives not listed below.
|Core Requirements 1|
|ENLP 2000||Leadership, Fame and Failure||3|
|ENLP 3000||Intelligent Leadership||3|
|ENLP 3100||Complex Leadership Challenges 2||3-4|
|ENLP 4000||The Empire of Modern Science||3|
|ASEN 3046||Introduction to Humans in Aviation||3|
|ASIA 4500||Urban Asia: Tradition, Modernity, Challenges||3|
|ASTR 4800||Space Science: Practice and Policy||3|
|ATLS 2000||The Meaning of Information Technology||3|
|EHON 1151||Critical Encounters||3|
|EMEN 4030||Project Management Systems||3|
|EMEN 4100||Engineering Economics||3|
|EMEN 4050||Leadership and Professional Skills||3|
|ENVS 3140||Environmental Ethics||3|
|ENVS 3621||Energy Policy and Society||3|
|HUEN 1850||Engineering in History: The Social Impact of Technology||3|
|HUEN 2100||History of Science and Technology to Newton||3|
|HUEN 2120||History of Modern Science from Newton to Einstein||3|
|HUEN 2130||History of Modern Technology from 1750 to the Atomic Bomb||3|
|HUEN 2210||Engineering, Science, and Society||3|
|HUEN 2020||The Meaning of Information Technology||3|
|HUEN 3100||Advanced Humanities for Engineers||3|
|HUEN 3350||Gods, Heroes and Engineers: The Western Quest for Excellence||3|
|HUEN 3843||Special Topics||1-3|
|MILR 4072||Leadership 1: Adaptive Leadership||3|
|MILR 4082||Leadership 2: Leadrship in a Complex World||3|
|NAVR 4020||Leadership and Ethics||3|
|PHIL 1400||Philosophy and the Sciences||3|
|PHIL 3200||Social and Political Philosophy||3|
|PHYS 3000||Science and Public Policy||3|
|PRLC 1810||Leadership Foundations and Applications I||3|
|PRLC 3800||Global Inquiry for 21st Century Leadership||4|
|PSCI 1101||Introduction to American Politics||3|
|PSCI 2004||Survey of Western Political Thought||3|
|PSCI 2106||Introduction to Public Policy Analysis||3|
|PSCI 2116||Introduction to Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis||3|
|PSCI 3011||The American Presidency and the Executive Branch||3|
|PSCI 3054||American Political Thought||3|
Previously offered course COEN 2050 also accepted as a core requirement option.
Previously offered course COEN 3050 also accepted in place of ENLP 3100.