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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 Perspectives Course (choose one course from list below) [3 credits]
  • 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): ENES317 (Introduction to Engineering Leadership) 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.

Global Perspective Courses (title change from Global Minors Signature Course) Current and new minor in international engineering students may pick their global perspective course from this list.

  • ANTH265. Anthropology of Global Health (3 credits) (HS, UP, IS) An overview of the growing field of global health including health care systems, medical practices, ideas about illness in cross-cultural contexts, issues of health development, global health inequity, and human rights issues. The course will focus on the history of global health, the critique of major international health agencies and their development paradigms, and the political economy of social inequalities and health.
  • AREC345. Global Poverty and Economic Development (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.
  • BSST240. The Principles and Perils of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons (3 credits)
  • 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.
  • BSST331. Response to Terrorism (3 credits) Explores the manners in which a variety of different actors respond to both terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorism. Examines local responses to terrorists incidents; local impacts of terrorism including effects on individual and group attitudes and behaviors; policy decisions made in response to both terrorist attacks and the threat of terrorism; terrorism prevention, deterrence, interdiction, and mitigation efforts; and individual and community recovery from terrorist attacks.
  • BSST334. States of Emergency (3 credits) (HS, IS) Students will explore the manner in which crises unfold from the perspective of a variety of emergency response disciplines, including emergency management, law enforcement, intelligence analysis, cyber analysis, risk communication, health and human services, and emergency psychiatry/psychology. Students will participate in a semester-long simulation of an unfolding terrorist attack.
  • BSST335. Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism (3 credits) (CC) Develop solutions to community-based radicalization through a blend of entrepreneurial, Design Thinking strategies and terrorist disengagement theories. Students will design original programs targeting real-world, at-risk communities and present their programs to a panel of experts.
  • BSST340. Oral Communication for National Security Careers (3 credits) (FSOC) Students will discuss perspectives on strategic communication and national security, while discussing and practicing public speaking skills and developing proficiency in three genres of security-related briefings. Students will work with the technical, scientific, and/or specialized data, vocabularies, processes, and products of the academic disciplines and/or fields of expertise relevant to national and international security careers.
  • BSST360. Deradicalization in International Contexts (3 credits)
  • BSST370. Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterroist Finance (3 credits)
  • BSST372. Terrorist Hostage Taking (3 credits)
  • 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.
  • GVPT200. International Political Relations (3 credits) (HS, UP) A study of the major factors underlying international relations, the causes of conflict and cooperation among international actors, the role of inernational institutions, the interactions of domestic and foreign policies, and major issues in security, economy and the environment.
  • GVPT280. The Study of Comparative Politics (3 credits)
  • GVPT282. Politics and the Developing World (3 credits) (HS, UP) A study of the domestic governmental insitutions; processes and problems such as conflict and economic developpment; and the socio-economic environments that are common to developing countries of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
  • GVPT289A. Special Topics in GVPT: Appetite for Change-Politics and the Globalization of Food (3 credits)
  • GVPT289J. Special Topics in GVPT: Uncertain Partners-U.S. & China in a Changing World (3 credits) (HS, IS)
  • GVPT289L. Special Topics in GVPT: Religions, Beliefs and World Affairs (3 credits)
  • 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.
  • GVPT309. Topics in International Relations (3 credits)
  • GVPT354. International Development and Conflict Management (3 credits)
  • GVPT409J. Seminar in International Relations and World Politics: Multi-Track Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation (3 credits)
  • GVPT409K. Seminar in International Relations and World Politics: Workshop in Multi-Track Diplomacy (3 credits)
  • GVPT459. Topics in Comparative Politics (3 credits)
  • Global Classroom courses. See the list at

Note: The following course is only an option for students who were officially registered in the minor in international engineering by end of schedule adjustment in spring 2018.

  • 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.

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