The undergraduate minor in Global Engineering is designed to expand students' understanding of how to operate within an international context from an engineering perspective and to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. This translates to the capacity to work in an international team from within an office located domestically or internationally.
The Minor is designed to create a globally-focused pathway through existing major requirements and does not add on significant credit requirements.
A Global State of Mind
A Global State of Mind (HUEN 2360/3360, 3 credits) is the cornerstone course for the minor and asks how different cultures treat time, space, family, faith, and honor. This exploration provides students a framework for examining their own cultures and those unknown to them.
Foreign Language or U.S. Context Courses
U.S. students must complete the fourth semester level (2020 or 2120, typically 3-5 credits) of their chosen foreign language. For students who test into a higher language level (e.g. Spanish 3000) but do not receive transfer credit for previous study, they must take the course in which they have tested to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
International students from non-English-speaking countries are exempt from this requirement but must instead take a U.S. context course selected from an approved list.
Two Global Perspective Courses
(6 credits including at least 3 upper division) selected from an approved list. Students should take at least one course focused on the region that matches their studied language.
One Regional/Local Perspective Course
(3 credits) selected from an approved list, with a focus on the region that correlates to the student’s selected language. For example, if the student’s language area is Spanish, then the student should choose a course that focuses on a Spanish-speaking region. An additional, upper-division language course in the student’s language of study can be used to fulfill this requirement.
One Upper Division Technical Elective Course
(3 credits) selected from an approved list, focused on topics relevant to global engineering.
Students must pursue a global experience (e.g. A CU-approved study, research, or internship abroad, or equivalent experience by petition).
We strongly encourage students to choose their global experience in coherence with their language/regional course selection.
To enroll in the Global Engineering minor, students must:
- be admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science
- have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
- register for the minor
Grandfathering policy: Students who entered the College of Engineering and Applied Science prior to fall 2016 and made progress towards meeting the requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering or the International Engineering Certificate will be able to complete that credential if they desire. Alternatively, those students may switch to the minor in Global Engineering and meet all applicable requirements stated for the new program.
AP/IB Credit: Students may count up to 6 credits of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) towards the requirements
Transfer Credit: Students may count up to 9 credits of transfer coursework to fulfil the requirements for the minor.
Pass/Fail: Students may not enroll in courses required for the minor using the pass/fail grading option.
Overlapping Credits Between Two Minors: Students may count up to 6 credits from another minor to meet the requirements of the Global Engineering Minor. PLEASE NOTE: A certificate in International Engineering cannot be awarded if the student is completing a major or minor in the same language.
GPA Requirements: In order to earn the minor, students must have a minimum 2.25 average in all courses for the minor; in addition, each course must be passed with a D- or better. However, according to College rules, courses required as pre-requisites for higher level courses must be completed with a C- or better.
Modifications for International Students: For international students enrolled in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the global experience requirement is already met. If the student is from a non-English-speaking country, the student is exempt from the foreign language requirement but must instead take a U.S. context course from an approved list.