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Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis (GHEE)

Students who complete the GHE emphasis will:

 Learn essential skills to become a better global engineer.

  • Gain an understanding of global development issues.
  • Recognize humanitarian needs and build a team to meet those needs.
  • Heighten their cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Value multidisciplinary teams and long-term partnerships.
  • Reflect upon their place in society.


The Global Humanitarian Engineering (GHE) Emphasis is an optional credential available to engineering or bio-engineering students in any concentration. It requires a student to develop an appreciation for the global environment into which he or she will graduate. This emphasis is a step towards becoming a global engineer – someone who is sensitive to the world in which they live, and will acquire a set of skills to enable them to enact positive change.

Emphasis Requirements

  • Course work - a student must complete a minimum of 20 credits of required course work outlined below.
  • International experience - a student enrolled at WWU must complete one of the following options for a minimum of two weeks:
  1. A study experience in an international context (ACA, Study Abroad, etc.). If there is course work completed in this context and it satisfies the requirements stated in Figure 1, it can be counted as part of the required 20 credits.
  2. A work or service experience in an international context (EWB, SM, Maranatha, Peace Corps, Non-Governmental Organization, etc.). Consult with the emphasis advisor.
  3. Plans for the international experience must be pre-approved by the GHE committee.
  4. When the requirements for the emphasis are met, the words Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis will appear on the student's transcript and diploma.

Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis (20-22 Credits)

This emphasis prepares the student for engineering in a global context.  This emphasis is open to students pursuing a BSE (any concentration) or a Bio-engineering degree.  Students will complete a course of study and an international field work experience.  After successful completion of this emphasis, the words Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis will appear on the student's transcript and diploma.  The Global Humanitarian Engineering coordinator can provide application details.

Required Courses:

Engineering (6 credits)  [Core Classes]
ENGR 293
GHE Pre-Seminar
ENGR 493
GHE Post Seminar
ENGR 393
Engineering in a Global Context
ENGR 280
International Experience
Religion (3-4 credits)
RELH 303
World Religions
RELM 233
Intro to Cross-Cultural Ministry
Culture and Business [1] (7-8 credits)
COMM 325
Multicultural Communication
ANTH 225
Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 234
Current Social Problems
SOCI 236
Privilege and Oppression
SOCI 420
Immigration and Identity*
TECH 321
Technology and Society*
LANG 406
Language and Culture
MGMT 380
Principles of Project Management
MGMT 488
Global Management and Marketing
ECON 220
Principles of International Development
ECON 410
Comparative Economic Development
Ethics (4 credits)
RELT 348
Christian Ethics
GBUS 463
Business Ethics
PHIL 305
Moral Philosophy*
PHIL 496
Environmental Ethics*


All classes highlighted by green text and italicized can also apply to Engineering General Studies Requirements (AKA: "Double-dip"). 

*Indicates there are prerequisites. See bulletin for details.

[1] At least one class from the Culture and Business category must be a “Culture-Centered” class such as COMM 325, ANTH 225, SOWK 234,SOCI 236, SOCI 420, TECH 321 or LANG 406.

(Two quarters of seminar are required, one prior to the international experience and one after. Topics classes or other appropriate classes may be substituted for classes in the religion, culture and business, or ethics requirements if approved by the Global Humanitarian Engineering Committee.)


  • Can I use credits that I did not earn at WWU? Yes, provided that they are relevant and transfer to WWU.
  • Who is the departmental Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis Certificate adviser? Brian Roth,
  • I don't understand how to fill out the application. Did you read the FAQ on page 2 of the application form?
  • What if I still have questions? Contact Brian Roth, the GHEE adviser at
  • What are the job prospects in this field? Better than those for water witching.
  • Is there a list of potential partnering organizations? Check here. If you have a good suggestion please forward it to the GHEE adviser.
  • Is there a list of desired skills that I hope to achieve at the conclusion of this program? Check here.
  • How many additional credits beyond the BSE are required? If a student chooses their general studies electives carefully, there would be a minimum of 6 non-overlapping credits a student must complete beyond the BSE requirements to meet the requirements for this emphasis.


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