But, did your ‘love’ for poetry come from college; or would you have discovered this affinity all on your own. I think you are selling yourself short here.
Why is it an Engineer needs “Rounding Out”, and the only way humanly possible to acquire this is by taking Liberal Arts classes?
For example, by the same process - shouldn’t we demand that Art degrees take Calculus, Organic Chemistry and Relativistic Physics? I mean, you have to ‘round out’ them too, or do we only ‘round out’ the hard sciences? Are the Soft Sciences inherently superior to Hard Science students?
I submit that these classes are a collassal waste of time, energy and money. They could not support themselves, if not for the demand that everyone take those classes. While interesting - they have no role as being required.
Yes, I do think that a Bachelor's degree in anything should require some math and science. As to the specific I don't know. I think I was only required to take a selection of freshman level courses, and one or two sophomore level courses.
I still hold that a smattering of Liberal Arts courses is good for people in technical fields in that it broadens one's exposure and reinforces other avenues of creativity. Plus, there's chicks...