Monday, February 9, 2015

CEES and the OU WaTER Center Offer New Minor in WASH

Students in the 2014 Field Methods Class

CEES and the OU WaTER Center are now offering students a Minor in Water and Sanitation for Health and Sustainable Development. The "WaTER Minor" is designed for engineering and non-engineering majors who have an interest in development work in emerging regions, particularly the sectors of water, sanitation and health.  Participating students pursue a well-rounded curriculum of courses in engineering and technology, social entrepreneurship and cultural anthropology or related fields. The underlying philosophy is that sustainable solutions for WaSH are found at the intersection of these three core focal points.
The Minor was developed by faculty and staff of the OU WaTER Center in collaboration with colleagues from across the OU campus.  The purpose of the Minor is to prepare students for work in international development as participants and leaders in social service organizations and institutions, such as the Peace Corps, USAID, the U.S. Department of State, WaterAid, and Engineers Without Borders.  Even for those who do not go on to professional service work, the Minor will increase awareness of tomorrow’s societal leaders on specific challenges and opportunities facing developing countries.  Click here to view the Minor checksheet (PDF).