The Virtus Living and Learning Program is a two-year living and learning community designed for male engineering students. The primary focus of Virtus is on promoting community and inclusivity within the Clark School and the field of engineering. Virtus seeks to empower students to shift the culture of engineering to be more inclusive of underrepresented groups in the field of engineering, including, but not limited to, women. The Virtus community works closely with Flexus, with combined living (mixed gender) and academic seminar components.
Through the promotion of social, intellectual, and leadership development, Virtus seeks to provide the resources and structure for first- and second- year engineering students to be successful through graduation, positively impacting the retention and graduation of undergraduate students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. To do so, Virtus provides Living and Learning experiences that promote community, critical reflection, and creation of change.
Living with Virtus
Learning with Virtus
All participants in Virtus are required to enroll in a 1-credit seminar course each semester for a total of four seminar courses during their first- and second-year. Enrollment in and completion of all four seminars is a requirement to complete the Virtus Program.
- Enhance campus and community engagement
- Promote critical self-awareness
- Connect engineering to social issues.
Below is a table providing an overview of the curriculum throughout the two-year program:
First Year Fall
|First-Year Transition||ENES 113||1|
First Year Spring
|Professional & Career Development||ENES 114||1|
Second Year Fall
|Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering||ENES 213||1|
Second Year Spring
|Introduction to Engineering & Social Change||ENES 214||1|
Social and Academic Support
In addition to the Living and Learning Program, Virtus students can also enjoy other resources provided by the Women in Engineering Program, such as: networking opportunities; mid- semester advising; participation in the Peer Mentoring Program; and access to WIE staff.
- Applicants must be admitted into the Clark School of Engineering for enrollment as a first-year student in Fall 2020.
- As space is limited, Virtus is designed for students who are not a part of other Living and Learning Programs.
- Living in Easton with the Flexus community is a requirement for participation in the program.
Application, Review Process, and Timeline
Please direct any questions about the program to any of the following contacts:
Program Coordinator, Women in Engineering
Assistant Director, Retention
Director, Women in Engineering