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Humanitarian Engineering

School of Science & Engineering

Do you feel called to serve communities in need through the field of engineering? Do you want to use your passion and technical skill set to make a Kingdom impact? Then this may be the career path for you. If you’re anything like Anderson University students, you’re looking for ways to make the world better. Unique to the School of Science and Engineering, humanitarian engineering focuses on the use of technology to improve lives and strengthen communities through humanitarian efforts.

However you feel called to serve, you can make a lasting difference through this field of study. Many students go on to work with nonprofit engineering companies all over the world — locally, domestically, or internationally — to create solutions for areas in need of disaster relief, medical relief, clean energy, clean water, communication technology, or housing.

Program Overview

Humanitarian Engineering

Housed within our School of Science and Engineering, the humanitarian engineering major provides students a robust, well-rounded engineering degree, while offering multiple hands-on service opportunities both at home and abroad. A blend of engineering, humanitarian studies, business, and ministry, this complementary major must be paired with another engineering major at AU.

Students can travel on an AU service trip any time within this four-year program. The goal of these trips is to create partnerships in underdeveloped communities as we build relationships, learn present needs, and implement solutions to meet those needs with intercultural competence and humility.

This program gives our graduates the educational and experiential foundation they need to enter sustainable, purpose-driven careers, improving lives one community at a time.


4-Year Major

  • Graduate in four years with a degree in humanitarian engineering, paired with computer, electrical, mechanical, or mechatronics engineering (BS).
  • Complete the 4+1 program, from BS to MBA.


  • Engineering Design for Service
  • Service Through Engineering & Technology
  • Systems Engineering
  • Principles of Management
  • Leadership
  • Introduction to Christian Ministry
  • Social Problems

Career Pathways

A broad area of study by nature, humanitarian engineering offers students numerous career opportunities for service through the field of engineering, such as:

  • Engineering Missionary Work
  • Engineering for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Service Locations

  • Costa Rica
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras


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