Note: The Minor in International Engineering will not be available to new students beginning in Fall 2018.

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 experience (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 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.

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. 

International Engineering and Leadership Coursework

The purpose of ENES 317 is for students to acquire and integrate leadership theories and concepts in engineering practice. Students will learn to navigate group and organizational environments and apply leadership in diverse engineering contexts. In addition, students will explore their own leadership philosophy and leadership capacities in the context of group practice.

Through this course students will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase self-awareness through the exploration of values, beliefs, culture, and identity
  • Learn the basics of group roles, dynamics, and decision-making in order to function constructively in group settings
  • Apply critical thinking to leadership theories in an engineering context
  • Build an awareness of leadership issues facing our communities, the engineering field and society
  • Increase leadership and communication efficacy and skill in order to be successful in engineering practice
  • Apply leadership and organizational development theories and concepts to real-world engineering industry situations

ENES317 fulfills a Scholarship in Practice requirement for the General Education Program

ENES 317 Sample Syllabus

ENES 424 completes the engineering leadership development minor by integrating theory with practice. The course includes self-assessments, readings and discussion, practical exercises, and a leadership project.  Students will leave this class having synthesized material from the leadership coursework sequence in the minor as well as have an opportunity to apply leadership learning in engineering practice.

An inquiry-based learning approach will be used where much of the time in the course will be spent engaging in conversation on important and complex questions. Additionally, this class has been designed to position each student to facilitate leadership learning with the engineering leadership minor community. Finally, students will be given a great amount of flexibility in this course to reflect the seminar approach to learning as well as fulfilling the purpose of a capstone course experience.

As a result of this course, students will:

  • Develop a greater understanding of your personal capacities for leadership
  • Increase self-awareness of you as a leader
  • Have a strong understanding of strengths-based leadership and how it can be applied in engineering industry
  • Deepen your own thinking about leadership theories and practices
  • Apply critical thinking to the complexity of the field of leadership
  • Continue to develop an awareness of leadership issues facing engineering industry
  • Integrate theory with practice
  • Successfully design and implement a leadership project based on your talents and strengths
  • Enhance communication skills (written and presentation)
  • Refine your own personal philosophy of leadership to guide you in transitions from collegiate leadership environments to new contexts

ENES 424 Sample Syllabus

Preparing to practice engineering in a global economy has become increasingly important for new engineers to advance in their careers. In addition to a strong engineering background, the current job market demands a greater need for engineers with cross-cultural experience and foreign language abilities. For students who are planning a career in engineering or other technology related field, understanding the impact of technology solutions in a global context is crucial.  Gaining competency in intercultural communication skills is similarly key to engineering student entering the global workplace.  The ENES 472 course will facilitate the acquisition of these global capabilities in the area of technology and engineering.

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of cultural aspects pertaining to global business and engineering and thereby increasing their awareness of the cultural factors that motivate decisions and behavior in the business world. You will gain an understanding of how the business cultures in the rest of the world diverge from that of the United States; and you will begin to develop the cultural understanding, attitudes, and communication skills needed to function appropriately.

The course has been offered on campus in the fall and spring semester, as an online course or Maryland faculty-led short-term course abroad in the summer semester and as a Maryland faculty-led short-term course in Australia during the winter-term. ENES472 fulfills the Cultural Competence requirements for the General Education Program.

ENES472 Sample Syllabus

The goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to combine their experiences abroad with in depth research on engineering in that country.  Students will produce a report on various aspects of engineering in their destination country including leading fields of research, key world markets, and the culture of the engineering workplace.  In addition, students will develop a profile of the country itself with regard to social, political, economic, and historical information.  Upon completion of the course, students will produce a comprehensive report representing their expertise in their destination country and the field of engineering within. ENES474 fulfills a requirement for the Minor in International Engineering and may be used as an elective for some engineering majors.

ENES474 Sample Syllabus

Minor Advisor

Mr. Ramsey Jabaji
Office of Global Engineering Leadership
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland
1131BB Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742-3011