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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.

Curriculum Requirements

(minimum of 18 credit hours)

Students must complete all three components (1, 2 and 3) that follow:

Component 1: Service or humanitarian focused activity or research

(minimum of 2 credit hours)

Complete one of the following course options:

  1. Service Learning designated course (not counting toward component #2) or use the Service Learning Extra Credit Option (if applicable).
  2. Miami Study Abroad course with a service component.
  3. Independent Study project (for course credit) approved by the H E&C Steering Committee.

Component 2. Related Coursework

(minimum of 12 credit hours)

  1. One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
    • IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity (3)
    • ATH 175 Peoples of the World (3)
    • ATH/ITS 301 Intercultural Relations (3)
  2. A minimum of 9 hours from the following courselist (see next page) listed by major focus area category (DS= Diversity, Social Responsibility and Cultural Awareness; EE = Energy, Environment and Sustainability; EP = Economic, Political and Global Issues; H = Health). There is no minimum required hours per category.
    • A course taken to fulfill 2.1 above (shown in list with *) cannot also earn credit toward the 9 hours required for 2.2.
    • Only one course from the list on the next page can be from CEC (CPB, ECE, MME, CSE).
    • Courses selected may count towards the minor, requirements in your major, and the Miami Plan, depending on other requirements of the major (see your advisor for details).
    • Students may also submit a petition with strong justification to the H E&C Steering Committee to propose other courses to meet this requirement.

Component 3: Capstone project in CEC

(4 credit hours)

Students complete a CEC capstone design sequence depending on major: CPB 471-472; CSE 448-449; ECE 448-449; MME 448-449. (Capstone counts for major also). Capstone projects must have an H E&C focus – these must be pre-approved by the H E&C steering committee or designated as counting toward the H E&C minor.

Advising Notes

  • Specific advisors for the minor in H E&C are designated for each department. Please contact the advisor in your department to add the minor as soon as you decide. See advisors pages for more information.
  • Students in their first year at Miami that are interested in this program should concentrate on Component 2 (coursework).
  • Students may “double-count” some courses in the minor to meet Miami Plan requirements. Review the requirements of your major to inform your selections.

Courselist for Component 2.2

Complete 9 hours from the following courses (any category).

  • AMS 205—Introduction to American Cultures (3)—DS IIB (hum)
  • ATH 175—Peoples of the World (3) *—DS IIC (soc sci), IIIB (gl)
  • ATH/ITS 301—Intercultural Relations (3) *—DS
  • ATH 411/511—Applied Anthropology (3)—DS
  • BUS 371—International Business (3)—DS
  • GEO 101—Global Forces, Local Diversity (3)—DS IIC (soc sci), IIIB (gl)
  • GEO 201—Geography of Urban Diversity (3)—DS IIC (soc sci)
  • GEO 211—Global Change (3)—DS
  • IDS 159—Strength Through Cultural Diversity (3) *—DS IIC (soc sci), IIIB (gl)
  • ITS 201—Introduction to International Studies (3)—DS IIC (soc sci), IIIB (gl)
  • ITS 302—Problems of Non-Western Societies (3)—DS
  • SJS 487—Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights (3)—DS IIIB (gl)
  • SJS/SOC 165—Introduction to Social Justice Studies (3)—DS IIC (soc sci)
  • SJS/SOC 323—Social Justice and Change (3)—DS IIC (soc. sci)
  • SOC 153—Sociology in a Global Context (3)—DS IIC (soc sci), IIIB (gl)
  • SOC 201—Social Problems (4)—DS
  • ARC 413—Environmental Systems I (3)—EE
  • BUS/IES—494 Sustainability Persp in Resources & Business (3)—EE
  • CPB 244—Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)—EE
  • CPB 405—Industrial Environmental Control (3)—EE
  • CPB 441—Pollution Prevention in Environ. Management (3)—EE
  • CPB 442—Air Pollution Control (3)—EE
  • ECE 291—Energy Systems Engineering (3)—EE
  • IES 211—Energy and Policy (3)—EE
  • IES 274—Introduction to Environment & Sustainability (3)—EE
  • IES 413—Environmental Policy and Administration (3)—EE
  • IES 450—Environmental Law (3)—EE
  • IES 474—Sustainability in Practice (3)—EE
  • ECO 406—Environmental Economics (3)—EE
  • MME 375—Human Robot Interaction (3)—EE
  • MME 451—Sustain. Considerations in Design and Devel. (3)—EE
  • ARC 107—Global Design (3)—EP IIA (fine arts), IIIB (gl)
  • ARC 188—Ideas in Architecture (3)—EP IIA (fine arts), IIB (hum)
  • ARC 225—Design: Behavior, Perception, Aesthetics (3)—EP
  • ATH 358—Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees (3)—EP IIIB (gl)
  • ECO 347—Economic Development (3)—EP
  • ECO 356—Poverty and Income Distribution (3)—EP
  • ESP 331—Social Entrepreneurship (3)—EP
  • GEO 476—Global Poverty (3)—EP
  • POL 271—World Politics (3)—EP IIC (soc. Sci), IIIB (gl)
  • POL 381—Global Governance (3)—EP
  • ATH 348—Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3)—H
  • ATH 378—Doctors, Clinics, and Epidemics (3)—H
  • ATH 448—Developing Solutions in Global Health (3)—H
  • BWS/HST 352—Medicine and Society in 20th Century Africa (3)—H
  • BWS/HST 385—Race, Science and Disease in the Americas (3)—H
  • LAS 385—Race, Science and Disease in the Americas (3)—H