The College of Engineering offers a variety of academic minors and co-curricular programs to complement our undergraduate engineering degrees. Through these opportunities, students can apply engineering skills while traveling abroad, obtain hands-on entrepreneurial experience, explore artistic and creative passions and much more.
Read the information below to get general information about the minors offered.
The International Minor addresses the need for engineers who can combine technical expertise with international understanding. The International Minor requirements include foreign language proficiency, coursework on non-U.S. countries, intercultural communication skills and global trends in engineering and business. Student must also pursue practical overseas experience through study, work or volunteer abroad. The minor requires 16-20 credits to complete, depending on the foreign language elected.
Multidisciplinary Design Minor
The Multidisciplinary Design Minor allows undergraduate students to obtain a significant hands-on experience in the modern engineering design process working on a real project for an actual customer. The minor is available to students in: Engineering; Business; Art & Design; Architecture; Literature, Science & the Arts; and Music, Theater and Dance. The minor requires a total of 15 credits. The MD Minor incorporates practical teamwork skills with classroom learning, culminating in a 7-credit, intensive, hands-on major design project. Projects may come from many sources, including industrially sponsored projects, student created projects, engineering competition teams and other student organizations.
Program in Entrepreneurship
Undergraduate engineering students are able to study business methods associated with writing business plans, obtaining venture capital and other funding, intellectual property, etc. The Program in Entrepreneurship requires at least 9 credits of business related courses and seminars.
Program in Sustainable Engineering
Undergraduate engineering students can learn how to measure financial, environmental and \social aspects of sustainability and learn to design sustainable products, processes, services and systems. The Program in Sustainable Engineering requires at least 9 credits of sustainability coursework: 6 inside CoE and 3 outside CoE.
Minor in Electrical Engineering
A Minor in Electrical Engineering (EE), offered through the EECS Department, is open to both CoE and LSA students. LSA requirements are described in the LSA Bulletin and interested students should consult with both LSA and CoE Electrical Engineering Advisors.
Minor in Art and Design
Undergraduate engineering students can complete an academic Minor in Art & Design in consultation with an advisor in the School of Art & Design. Appointments may be scheduled by visiting or calling the Smucker-Wagstaff Academic Programs Center, Art & Architecture Building, room 2038, or (734) 764-0397.
Other approved academic minors
Engineering students have considerable flexibility in electing courses from other colleges through their Intellectual Breadth courses and general electives. In the interest of helping students make coherent choices in selecting these courses, we allow and encourage our students to pursue minors offered in LSA, Art & Design and the School of Social Work.
Minors also serve as recognition, via a transcript notation, of the completion of these more in-depth course sequences. Electing to earn an academic minor is optional and there is no limit on the number of academic minors a student may elect.
In practice, a student will meet with an advisor in the minor discipline and together map out the minor courses. The certification that the appropriate courses have been completed will be communicated from the offering department to a student's undergraduate program advisor in CoE, as well as the College of Engineering Student Records Office. The student will be responsible for making sure this paperwork arrives at the appropriate offices.