Clark School of Engineering students on study abroad pose in front of bridge in Sydney, Australia.The engineering industry requires leadership to be exercised at all layers of an organization and today’s engineering leaders need to lead with a global vision and be knowledgeable of how to effectively lead global teams. The minor will position students to be more competitive in the job market and help students develop the skills necessary to be an effective leader and manager.

The minor in global engineering leadership is designed to develop the skills necessary to lead with a global vision, work effectively with others to address social issues, and engineer solutions that improve communities and organizations.

Students may earn the minor and a notation on their official transcript by successfully completing coursework which focuses on developing the following:

  • An understanding of leadership theories and current best practices for leading within engineering industry
  • A personal approach to leadership grounded in one’s strengths
  • A global perspective of leadership and an ability to effectively manage global teams and global projects
  • A deep understanding of cultural dimensions and an understanding of business practices and effective approaches to negotiation around the world
  • Organizational theories and effective practices for leading change within organizations

The minor requires the following 16 credits:

  • ENES 317: Introduction to Engineering Leadership (3 credits, DSSP)
  • ENES 472: International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology (3 credits, DVCC)
  • ENES 424: Engineering Leadership Capstone Course (3 credits)
  • CHSE 338: Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue (previously EDHI 338) (1 credit)
  • Global Perspectives Elective (3 credits)
  • Leadership Elective (3 credits)
  • 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 terrorist 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 Counterterrorist 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 international 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 institutions; processes and problems such as conflict and economic development; 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.

Courses listed below are EXAMPLES of electives; this list is not exhaustive, and courses other than those listed below can count towards the elective requirement. The spirit of the minor elective is to take an additional course in leadership that complements your other minor coursework. You can identify another course you believe has a connection to leadership and request to your minor advisor to be counted as your elective. Students will choose one three-credit elective in consultation with the minor advisor.

  • A course taken abroad that has connections to leadership
  • BMGT 360 Strategic Management of Human Capital
  • BMGT363F Leadership and Teamwork in Organizations
  • BMGT 390/ENES390H Systems Thinking for Managerial Decision Making (Restricted to Quest)
  • EDCP 220 Introduction to Human Diversity in Social Institutions (UP)
  • EDCP 318 Applied Contextual Leadership
  • EDCP 418 Special Topics in Leadership (Some sections offered as CC)
  • ENCE 320 Introduction to Project Management
  • ENCE 421 Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice
  • ENCE 422 Project Cost Accounting and Economics
  • ENCE 424 Communication for Project Managers
  • ENEE 200 Social & Ethical Dimensions of Engineering Technology (IE)
  • ENES140 Discovering New Ventures (SP)
  • ENES 210 Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis and Decision-Making in 21st Century Technology Ventures (SP, I-Series)
  • ENES460 Fundamentals of Technology Start-Up Ventures (Restricted to students in Hillman Entrepreneurs Program)
  • ENES 462 Marketing High-Technology Products and Innovations (Restricted to students in Hinman CEOs or Hillman Entrepreneurs)
  • ENES 464 International Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Restricted to students in Hinman CEOs or Hillman Entrepreneurs except in summer)
  • ENES 498E Entrepreneurship in Chemical and Life Sciences
  • ENME 426/BMGT385 Product Management/Operations Management
  • ENME 466 Lean Six Sigma
  • ENME/ENES 467 Engineering for Social Change
  • ENME 489Q Managing for Innovation and Quality
  • GEMS 208 Special Topics in Leadership and Team Development (Restricted to students in Gemstone)
  • IDEA Courses (Students can take a combination of IDEA courses to fulfill the 3-credit leadership elecive requirement; e.g. IDEA247 (2 cr) + IDEA200 (1 cr))
  • PLCY 201 Leadership for the Common Good (HS or SP/ISeries)
  • PLCY 214 Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy (SP, I-Series)
  • PLCY 215 Innovation and Social Change: Creating Change for Good
  • PLCY 311 Women and Leadership
  • PLCY 312/PUAF359G Leading to Get Results
  • PLCY 388D Do Good Now (SP, I-Series)
  • PLCY 388G Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change
  • PSYC 361 Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • SOCY 325 The Sociology of Gender
  • SOCY 431 Principles of Organizations

Contact Information for Minor

Mr. Ramsey Jabaji, Acting Director (
Office of Global Engineering Leadership
A. James Clark School of Engineering | University of Maryland

Students registered for the minor in International Engineering or Engineering Leadership Development prior to Fall 2018 should visit the following: