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:

Required Courses

  • ANTH265. Anthropology of Global Health (DSHS, DVUP, SCIS) 
  • AREC345. Global Poverty and Economic Development (DSHS, DVUP)
  • AREC365. World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies (DVUP)
  • BSST240. The Principles and Perils of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons
  • BSST330. Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors
  • BSST331. Response to Terrorism
  • BSST334. States of Emergency (DSHS, SCIS) 
  • BSST335. Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism (DVCC)
  • BSST340. Oral Communication for National Security Careers (FSOC)
  • BSST360. Deradicalization in International Context
  • BSST370. Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance
  • BSST372. Terrorist Hostage Taking
  • GEOG330. As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change (DSHS, DVUP, SCIS) 
  • GVPT200. International Political Relations (DSHS, DVUP)
  • GVPT280. The Study of Comparative Politics
  • GVPT282. Politics and the Developing World (DSHS, DVUP)
  • GVPT289A. Special Topics in GVPT: Appetite for Change-Politics and the Globalization of Food
  • GVPT289J. Special Topics in GVPT: Uncertain Partners-U.S. & China in a Changing World (DSHS, SCIS)
  • GVPT289L. Special Topics in GVPT: Religions, Beliefs and World Affairs
  • GVPT306. Global Environmental Politics
  • GVPT309. Topics in International Relations *Any GVPT309 course followed by a letter (e.g. GVPT309P) is acceptable.
  • GVPT354. International Development and Conflict Management
  • GVPT359: Topics in Comparative Politics
  • GVPT409J. Seminar in International Relations and World Politics: Multi-Track Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation
  • GVPT409K. Seminar in International Relations and World Politics: Workshop in Multi-Track Diplomacy
  • GVPT459. Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Global Classrooms Signature Courses. See the list at

For permission for courses in the other Global Minor Programs, please contact:

Minor Course Prefix

Contact for Course Permission

Global Poverty Minor AREC

Permission not required

Global Terrorism MInor BSST

Minor in International Development and Conflict Management GVPT

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)
  • CPSP279T/LASC269T UMD-Winter: Ecuador: Technology, Education and Society: Ecuador in Context (DSSP & DVCC) (Study Abroad)
  • EDCP 220 Introduction to Human Diversity in Social Institutions (DVUP)
  • EDCP 318 Applied Contextual Leadership
  • EDCP 418 Special Topics in Leadership (Some sections offered as DVCC)
  • ENCE 320 Introduction to Project Management
  • ENCE 325: Introduction to Construction 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 (DSHU, SCIS)
  • ENES 140 Discovering New Ventures (DSSP)
  • ENES 210 Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis and Decision-Making in 21st Century Technology Ventures (DSSP, SCIS)
  • 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
  • ENES 489P Hands-on Systems Engineering Projects
  • 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 (DSHS or DSSP/SCIS)
  • PLCY 214 Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy (DSSP, SCIS)
  • 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 (DSSP, SCIS)
  • 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
  • Other leadership course approved by minor director

Contact Information for Minor

Dr. Darren Pierre (

Lecturer & GEL Minor Advisor
Office of Global Engineering Leadership
A. James Clark School of Engineering | University of Maryland