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
Bioethics
Introduction to Global Health
Data and Decisions in Global Health
Medical Sociology
Medical Ethics
Capstone project in CEC
Complete a capstone sequence in CEC (CPB 471 & CPB 472 or CSE 448 and CSE 449 or ECE 448 and ECE 449 or MME 448 and MME 449) with a humanitarian engineering and computing focus. APPROVAL OF HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING & COMPUTING ADVISOR IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN THE CAPSTONE.4
Total Credit Hours18