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Why study engineering at Benedictine?

Benedictine University and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) have partnered for thirty years to offer students a unique opportunity to earn an engineering degree while attending a liberal arts university. This program offers students the chance to take advantage of the strengths of both schools while earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Engineering Science from Benedictine and a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Engineering from IIT. The liberal arts educated graduate is better prepared to compete in an environment where communication skills are rapidly becoming as important as technical ability.

How does the program work?

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be accepted into the Benedictine/IIT Engineering program. A minimum of 45 semester credit hours must be completed at IIT. Once you are accepted into the program, you will be enrolled at both schools simultaneously, and will be able to enjoy the benefits of student activities and the use of facilities at both institutions.

Your initial classes are taken exclusively at Benedictine, where you will complete a sequence of courses comprising the Engineering Core, plus elective courses in social science and humanities. By your fifth semester, you will take courses at both institutions. During the final four semesters of the program, a majority of the classes are conducted at IIT’s campus in Chicago.

Your academic work will include courses that are essential to all branches of engineering, including calculus, physics, chemistry, mechanics, electronics, computer programming and engineering graphics. You will take liberal arts courses in written and oral communications, technical writing, social science and electives of your choice.

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