Humanitarian Engineering Minor


The objective of the Humanitarian Engineering Minor is to give students the understanding and the opportunity to apply engineering concepts to improve the welfare of the less advantaged. The minor will give our students background in issues relating to the politics, history, geography, and special problems of countries, cultures, and societies. The courses are intended to enhance cultural awareness and to help students identify problems that engineers can help to solve. The service-learning component will help to put ideas into actions. The colloquium will give our students an opportunity to report the results of their efforts and to be informed about other humanitarian projects.

The Humanitarian Engineering Minor is intended to complement ongoing humanitarian projects in the College of Engineering, such as the Engineers Without Borders irrigation project and the Nicaragua wind-energy project. Those earning the minor will have a unique credential that provides an advantage in securing a position with a company or a not-for-profit organization.


A minimum of 18 credits is required. Courses must include GS 180 (3 credits), GE 299 (taken every spring semester), and 15 credits selected from ECON 210, 336; ENGL 396; ENVS 340; GEO 101,102, 201, 260, 301, 470, 475; GLST 150; HIST 232, 240, 250, 331, 341, 350, 355; PHIL 120, 125, 220, 230; POLS 130, 235; SOC 230; SPED 441; THEO 357, 360, 362, 363, 364, 365, 368; Foreign Language (4 credits maximum). At least one credit of GS 180 must be for activities in Engineers Without Borders or a similar approved engineering project.

Non-engineering students may earn this minor by completing the Engineering Minor and the above requirements.

GE 299. Humanitarian Engineering Colloquium:

Cr. 0. Students will present their work in humanitarian engineering. Guest speakers will be invited to present topics relating to humanitarian issues. Students pursuing the Humanitarian Engineering Minor are expected to register for the colloquium every spring semester. S/U grade.

Service Learning:

GS 180, Civic Engagement, is a course used to give credit for completing service work of a variety of types. A proposal must be made, a minimum of 20 hours of work completed for each credit, and a written reflection completed. Service Learning for the Humanitarian Engineering Minor may be done in one or two credit increments. At least one credit must have significant engineering content.

How this minor fits in with an engineering major:

Nine of the 15 credits required may be completed by choosing courses from the list to fulfill the two humanities/social science/theology and the foreign language/diversity general education requirements. Additionally, free electives (CE, ME, EE) may be used and Professional Electives (EE, CpE, CE) can be used with department approval. At least three credits of the minor must be above and beyond any other requirement for an engineering degree.