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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
   
 
  Oct 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog

Global Engineering Minor


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Contact Information

Dr. Jennifer Benning
Program Coordinator
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 241
(605) 394-2425
E-mail: Jennifer.Benning@sdsmt.edu
 

Well prepared engineers must possess skills and attitudes needed for working on multidisciplinary teams that are increasingly multicultural and global in nature.  In a recent survey of employers recruiting on campus, 68% said that competence in cultural and global diversity was important for career success in their organizations. 

An immersion experience in a different culture is the best way to learn to meet cross-cultural challenges in the areas of communication, values, beliefs, politics, language, and ethics.  Students will gain this experience by creating and completing an engineering project in a culture that is significantly different than their own.  The project will develop skills in verbal and non-verbal communication and working on a multicultural team.  Earning this minor will provide evidence to employers of the ability to understand client expectations and unspoken priorities and select appropriate and indigenous technology.  Students from any engineering discipline at the School of Mines may pursue a minor in global engineering by completing 18 credit hours of coursework.

The minor will more fully prepare graduates as global professionals and give graduates competitive advantages in seeking employment. 

Students from any engineering discipline at the School of Mines may pursue a minor in global engineering by completing 18 credit hours of coursework as described below.

Required Core Courses:


Students must complete the Notification of Intent to Seek a Minor form, with appropriate signatures and turn it into the Registrar’s Office by the beginning of the first semester of the senior year. Students must complete a three (3) cross-cultural engineering design activity (e.g., an approved design project, co-op, or engineering design course in a foreign culture or country).  This design activity can take the form of (1) an approved design project in a foreign country or culture, or (2) a co-op or engineering design course in a foreign country or culture.  The design credit activity must be pre-approved by the program coordinator and a technical advisor. Select 3 credits from the list below:

Elective Courses for Cross-Cultural Teamwork and Project Management:


Students will be required to select six (6) credits from the list below to improve cross-cultural teamwork or project management.  Two or more different prefixes are required.

Elective Courses for Cross-Cultural Understanding and Communication:


Students will be required to select nine (9) elective credit hours that expand the understanding of human nature, social systems, cross cultural communication in, or engineering practices in a global context*

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