Humanitarian Engineering and Computing Minor

The Humanitarian Engineering and Computing minor at Miami University is designed to graduate engineering and computing majors who are globally-aware, culturally-sensitive, and socially conscious, and who would use their knowledge to design solutions that enhance the lives of and opportunities for people on a local, national, or international level. Students will select coursework supporting their interests from four broad categories, engage in service/humanitarian focused activity or research and complete a humanitarian-focused capstone project in CPB, CSE, ECE or MME. 

This minor is only open to students with a major in the College of Engineering and Computing.

Program Requirements

(18 credit hours minimum)

Service or Humanitarian Focused Activity or Research
Select one of the following course options for a minimum of two credit hours:2
Service Learning designated course from an elective list or use the Service Learning Extra Credit Option 1
Miami Study Abroad course with a service component
Independent Study course with a project approved by H E&C Steering Committee such as: a project through Miami University Center for Assistive Technology; a research project with faculty; Social Entrepreneurship project; Engineers without Borders project 2
Related Coursework
Select one of the following:3
Peoples of the World 3
Intercultural Relations 3
Strength Through Cultural Diversity 3
Select nine hours from the courses below. There is no minimum required hours per category. 4,59
Diversity, Social Responsibility and Cultural Awareness courses:
Introduction to American Cultures
Peoples of the World 3
Intercultural Relations 3
Applied Anthropology
Global Forces, Local Diversity
Geography of Urban Diversity
Global Change
Strength Through Cultural Diversity 3
Introduction to International Studies
Problems of Non-Western Societies
Introduction to Social Justice Studies
Social Justice and Change
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights
Sociology in a Global Context
Social Problems
Energy, Environment and Sustainability courses:
Environmental Systems I
Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Industrial Environmental Control
Pollution Prevention in Environmental Management
Air Pollution Control
Energy Systems Engineering
Environmental Economics
Energy and Policy
Introduction to Environment and Sustainability
Environmental Law
Sustainability in Practice
Human Robot Interaction
Sustainability Considerations in Design and Development
Economic, Political and Global Issues courses:
Global Design
Ideas in Architecture
Design: Behavior, Perception, Aesthetics
Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees: Transnational Migration and Diasporic Communities
Economic Development
Poverty and Income Distribution
Social Entrepreneurship
Global Poverty
World Politics
Global Governance
Health-related courses:
Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Doctors, Clinics, and Epidemics
Developing Solutions in Global Health
Medicine and Society in 20th Century Africa
Race, Science, and Disease in the Americas
Introduction to Global Health
Data and Decisions in Global Health
Medical Sociology
Medical Ethics
Capstone project in CEC 6
Complete one of the following capstone sequences; projects must be approved:4
Engineering Design I
and Engineering Design II
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
Total Credit Hours18

 Cannot count toward Related Coursework.


 Credit earned for CEC 277 or similar.


 Course will only count once toward Related Coursework.


 Only one course can be from the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, ECE, or MME course).


 Students may also petition (with justification) to the H E&C Steering Committee to allow other courses to meet this requirement.


 Projects must have an H E&C focus, be pre-approved, or designated as counting toward the minor.