The Humanitarian Engineering & Computing minor requirements are listed in the Miami Bulletin and consist of:

1. Service Learning or Humanitarian Focused Activity or Research

To fulfill this requirement, a minimum of two credit hours must be earned by completing one of the following three credit-earning options:

Service-Learning course

Select a course with a service-learning designation. The service-learning course must be in addition to the 12 hours of coursework (below) required for the minor. Not sure how to determine if the course is designated as service-learning? Check out the FAQ for help.


Work with an instructor to define an approved service-learning extra credit option, consisting of activities that are directly connected to the content of an appropriate course. Find out what is in a service-learning course, to see what aspects should be in an extra-credit option.

Study Abroad / Study Away

Select a Miami University study-abroad course with a service component, for a minimum of 2 credit hours. To fulfill this component, the course must be pre-approved by the Humanitarian Engineering and Computing Steering Committee. Frequency of offerings of these courses may vary. See Study Abroad / Study Away page for examples of the courses.

Independent Study project

Pursue a service or humanitarian focused Independent Study project for a minimum of two credit hours. These projects must be supervised by an instructor and be pre-approved by the Humanitarian Engineering and Computing Steering Committee. See the Independent Study page for examples of projects.

2. Coursework

a) A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken. Students must take one of the following courses (3 credit hours):

  • IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity (3)
  • ATH 175 Peoples of the World (3)
  • ATH/ITS 301 Intercultural Relations (3)

b) Additional 9 credit hours are to be chosen from the list of courses to be found in the Miami Bulletin. To help you choose, these courses are categorized into following areas of interest.

  • Diversity, Social Responsibility and Cultural Awareness
  • Energy, Environment and Sustainability
  • Economic, Political and Global Issues
  • Health

Only one course can be in the College of Engineer and Computing. Students may also submit a petition to the Humanitarian Engineering and Computing committee to allow other courses to meet this requirement, with justification.

3. Senior Capstone

Capstone projects must have an Humanitarian Engineering and Computing focus, be pre-approved or designated as counting toward Humanitarian Engineering and Computing minor. Students should take the capstone required for their major:

  • CPB 471, 472
  • CSE 448, 449
  • ECE 448, 449
  • MME 448, 449

(Capstone counts in major also). For a list projects that would qualify view Capstone Projects