Undergraduate students (from all disciplines) can earn the Certificate in Engineering and Community Engagement by completing all HESE courses. Students need a total of 12 credits for the certificate: HESE courses + One elective from a long list of acceptable courses.
This certificate is intended to acknowledge students who have gained proficiency in design, research and application of appropriate technologies for use in serving communities in the U.S. and abroad while stressing an awareness of the cultural context of such engineering activities. Collaborations with communities are strongly encouraged along with emphasis on the importance of ethical considerations in collaborating/working in community settings.
Core requirements for the certificate program include courses in both: a) Community Engagement, and b) U.S. and International Cultures. These courses may be scheduled to satisfy general education requirements (GS/GH/US/IL) depending on the courses selected. Beyond that, students have various course options available to them to complete the 12 credits requirement for the certificate including project-based courses in: a) design, b) entrepreneurship, and c) leadership, which is satisfied upon completion of all HESE courses + the one elective mentioned above.