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Humanitarian Engineering  Minor

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The Humanitarian Engineering minor provides multidisciplinary academic course work for students interested in the application of engineering, science, and technology-based solutions to global development challenges such as access to basic resources (e.g., clean water, clean energy), improved quality of life, and increased ability to earn a livelihood particularly in rural, resource-limited or low-to-middle income settings. A core of course work in humanitarian engineering, science and technology (HEST) is required with an emphasis on engineering as demonstrated by completion of the engineering design class (with engineering prerequisites). Both in the core course work and in the electives, there is an emphasis on context including social, cultural, economic, resource, political, and environmental.

Humanitarian Engineering, Science and Technology (HEST) Core with Engineering Emphasis (13)

All humanitarian engineering students must take (7)
ANTH 482/ANTH 582. *Anthropology of International Development (4)
HEST 411/HEST 511. Engineering Design For Emergency & Low-Resource Environments (3)

Select from the following courses, or new HEST courses that will be approved (6):
HEST 310. *Introduction to Community Engagement and Community-Based Design (3) 
HEST 412/HEST 512. *Multidisciplinary Case Studies in Humanitarian Engineering, Science and Technology (3)

Thematic Electives (11–14)

Students will work with their academic advisor/humanitarian engineering advisor to select electives relevant to their interests from the HEST Bacc Core Playlist included at the end of this block. Electives related to HEST outside of the Bacc Core Playlist can be approved on a case-by-case basis based on relevance to HEST and the student's interest in HEST. Case-by-case approvals may be granted, for example, for non-Bacc core courses in political science, public health, anthropology, sociology, engineering, economics, business, geography or others. 

International or Service Learning Component (0–3)

Study abroad, HEST 310, internship, Engineers without Borders (EWB) or other service learning/civic engagement as approved by an academic advisor. OSU’s Center for Civic Engagement can serve to connect students with service opportunities.

Note on counting credits towards each category: The credits from a single course cannot be applied to satisfy the credit requirements for more than one category (Core, Thematic Electives, International or Service Learning Component). For example, 3 credits of HEST 310 cannot count towards both 11-credit minimum for thematic electives AND 3 credits of service learning. However, 3 credits of HEST 310 could count towards a total of 14 credits thematic electives AND satisfy the service learning requirement at the 0-credit level. Similarly, 4 credits of ANTH 482 cannot be counted towards the 13-credit HEST Core and towards the 11-credit minimum of thematic electives.

Bacc Core Playlist for Thematic Electives

There are two categories of baccalaureate core courses that will count for thematic electives.

  1. List I shows courses that are particularly recommended because of the relevance of material and/or instructor affiliation with the program.
  2. List II contains all of the courses that will fulfill thematic elective credits for the minor.

List I (recommended):

Cultural Diversity

WGSS 280. *Women Worldwide (3)

Literature and the Arts

ENG 322. *Studies in Globalism, Text, and Event (4)

Physical Science

WSE 210. *Renewable Materials Technology and Utilization (4)

Social Processes and Institutions

H 225. *Social and Individual Health Determinants (4)
WGSS 223. *Women: Self and Society (3)

Western Culture

PHL 205. *Ethics (4)

Difference, Power, and Discrimination

ENG 220/FILM 220. *Topics in Difference, Power, and Discrimination (4)
FW 340. *Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources (3)
GEO 309. *Environmental Justice (3)
MB 330. *Disease and Society (3)
WGSS 223. *Women: Self and Society (3)
WGSS 414. *Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)

Synthesis-Contemporary Global Issues

ANTH 374. *Anthropology and Global Health (3)
ANTH 380. *Cultures in Conflict (3)
ANTH 466. *Rural Anthropology (4)
ANTH 482. *Anthropology of International Development (4)
FW 325. *Global Crisis in Resource Ecology (3)
GEO 308. *Global Change and Earth Sciences (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
GEOG 331. *Population, Consumption, and Environment (3)
HDFS 447. *Families and Poverty (4)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PS 345. *The Politics of Developing Nations (4)
PS 458. *International Political Economy (4)
SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (4)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
WGSS 380. *Muslim Women (3)
WGSS 480. *Gender and Transnational Activisms (3)
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences and Conservation (3)

Synthesis-Science, Technology, and Society

ANTH 330. *Evolution of People, Technology, and Society (3)
ANTH 481. *Natural Resources and Community Values (3)
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3) [Terminated fall 2017]
ENGR 350. *Sustainable Engineering (3)
ES 445. *Native American Science and Technology (4)
GEO 306. *Minerals, Energy, Water, and the Environment (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
H 445. *Occupational Health (3)
IE 380. *The Responsible Engineer (3)
NUTR 312. *Issues in Nutrition and Health (3)
PH 313. *Energy Alternatives (3)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (3)
WGSS 440. *Women and Natural Resources (3)
WSE/DHE 415. *Renewable Materials in the Modern Age (3) [Terminated winter 2018]

List II (all eligible thematic electives from Bacc Core)

Biological Science

BOT 101. *Botany: A Human Concern (4)
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3) and SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for Soil 205 (1)
SUS 102. *Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability (4)

Cultural Diversity

ANTH 210. *Comparative Cultures (3)
ANTH 311. *Peoples of the World-North America (3)
ANTH 313. *Peoples of the World-Latin America (3)
ANTH 314. *Peoples of the World-Middle East (3)
ANTH 315. *Peoples of the World-Africa (3)
ANTH 316. *Peoples of the World-South and Southeast Asia (3)
ANTH 317. *Peoples of the World-Pacific (3)
ANTH 318. *Peoples of the World-China (3)
ANTH 319. *Peoples of the World-Japan and Korea (3)
ES 101. *Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
ES 231. *Introduction to Asian American Studies (4)
ES 241. *Introduction to Native American Studies (4)
GEOG 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
GEOG 313. *Geography of Asia (3)
HST 351. *Modern Latin America (4)
HST 391. *Traditional China and Japan (4)
HST 392. *Modern China and Japan (4)
JPN 331. *Japanese Culture (3) [Terminated summer 2017]
MUS 108. *Music Cultures of the World (3)
NUTR 216. *Food in Non-Western Culture (3)
PHL 160/REL 160. *Quest for Meaning: World Religions (4)
PHL 315. *Gandhi and Non-Violence (4)
WGSS 280. *Women Worldwide (3)

Literature and the Arts

ENG 210. *Literatures of the World: Asia (4)
ENG 212. *Literatures of the World: Meso/South America, Caribbean (4)
ENG 213. *Literatures of the World: Middle East (4)
ENG 260. *Literature of American Minorities (4)
ENG 322. *Studies in Globalism, Text, and Event (4)
ES 334. *Asian Pacific American Literature (4)

Physical Science

GEO 221. *Environmental Geology (4)
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3) and SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for SOIL 205 (1)
WSE 210. *Renewable Materials Technology and Utilization (4)

Social Processes and Institutions

AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
ANTH 110. *Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
ECON 201.*Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
H 225. *Social and Individual Health Determinants (4)
PS 205. *Introduction to International Relations (4)
SOC 204. *Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 205. *Institutions and Social Change (3)
WGSS 223. *Women: Self and Society (3)
WGSS 224. *Women: Personal and Social Change (3)

Western Culture

AEC 253. *Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics (4)
GEOG 106. *Geography of the Western World (3)



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