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Minor in International Engineering

Preparing to practice engineering in a global economy is important for new engineers to advance in their careers. In addition to a strong engineering background, there is a need for engineers with cross-cultural experience and foreign language abilities. Students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering may earn a Minor in International Engineering (MIE) by completing requirements that can include language, culture studies, internationally related studies, international engineering or international engineering-related courses and an engineering abroad experinece (work, study, research, or service). Students interested in completing this minor program should contact the MIE advisor in the Clark School for advisement. Students who successfully complete the requirements for a Minor will have the accomplishment noted on their transcript.

Requirements for a Minor in International Engineering

The "Minor in International Engineering" requires 15-18 credits depending on the combination of 3 and 4 credit courses a student might choose to complete (allowing flexibility to accommodate 4-6 credit language classes).

  • International Business Cultures for Engineering & Technology (ENES472) [3 credits]
  • Global Studies Minor Program Signature Course (choose one course from list below) [3 credits]
    • AREC345. World Hunger, Populations, and Food Supplies (3 credits) (D) (HS, UP) Examination of public policy toward poverty in countries around the world. The role of economic incentives and the relation between poverty and income distribution, natural resources and the environment, and economic growth.
    • AREC365. World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies (3 credits) (D) (UP) Introduction to the problem of world hunger and possible solutions to it. World demand, supply, and distribution of food. Alternatives for leveling off world food demand, increasing the supply of food, and improving distribution. Environmental limitations to increasing world food production.
    • BSST330. Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors (3 credits) This course explores theories explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior, building upon theories from social psychology, sociology, political science, criminology, and history. This course draws heavily from historical examples as well as current examples of international and domestic terrorist groups around the world.
    • GEOG130. Developing Countries (3 credits) (SB, D) (HS) Introduction to the geographic characteristics of the development problems and prospects of developing countries. Spatial distribution of poverty, employment, migration and urban growth, agricultural productivity, rural development, policies and international trade. Portraits of selected developing countries.
    • GEOG330. As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change (3 credits) (HS, UP, IS) Cultural geography course on society and sustainability. Culture is the basic building block that is key to sustainability of societies. Course will cover sustainability of societies on different scales, examining local, regional, and worldwide issues. Sustainability will be examined as a key element of environmental sustainability. How societies adjust to rapid world change will be examined as a positive and/or negative factor in sustainability.
    • GVPT306. Global Environmental Politics (3 credits) Consideration of global problems such as the growth controversy, agricultural productivity, pollution, resource depletion, the energy crisis, and the general impact of science and technology on the world ecological, socio-economic, and political system with particular emphasis on such matters as objects of public policy.
  • MIE electives chosen in consultation with the minor advisor and related to a student's location for his/her international engineering experience (3-9 credits): ENES474 (Global Perspectives of Engineering) and/or foreign language, culture studies, internationally-related studies or international engineering-related courses.
  • International engineering experience (0-6 credits): study abroad, research abroad, service learning, or internship. Up to six (6) credits of engineering courses completed as part of an engineering study abroad program may count to fulfill requirements for the minor and may also apply to the student's engineering major.

Minor Requirements and Policies

  • At least nine (9) credits must be at the upper level (300 or 400 level) and at least six (6) of the upper level credits must be resident credits at the University of Maryland.
  • No more than six (6) credits may be transferred from another institution to count toward the minor.
  • No more than six credits can double count between a student’s major and minor.
  • No courses can double count between two minors.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all courses used for a Minor. 

Register for the Minor

To register for the Minor in International Engineering, complete this form.

Minor Advisor

Jane Fines, Director
International and Leadership Programs
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland
1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742-3011