The HAT minor is current and topical, and introduces students to practical ways that their learning can be of service to people in the region and in the world.

Through completion of the HAT minor, students will develop foundational skills and knowledge to identify, analyze, and explain humanitarian and development-related problems at local and global scales, with the aim of working toward responsible and sustainable solutions to those problems.

Open to Students in All Majors

The HAT minor can complement the programs of students in any major, in both the Boler School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, through (1) strengthening and integrating foundational knowledge and skills in quantitative methods and spatial analysis, and (2) making an explicit
connection between that knowledge/skill base and development-related problem-solving.

HAT Learning Goals at the Program Level:

Through completion of the minor, students will:

1. Develop basic competence in statistics – interpret and analyze data and apply statistical methods in practical problem-solving.
2. Understand at least one HAT tool/technology well enough to be able to explain to others how it works.
3. Demonstrate proficiency at using this HAT tool/technology.
4. Identify problems for which HAT problem-solving tools are appropriate and inappropriate.
5. Apply acquired HAT knowledge and skills in a new, unrehearsed situation to identify or solve a problem.

HAT Curriculum

The HAT minor is a 21-credit, interdisciplinary course of study. Note that while there are no prerequisites to enroll in the minor, some of the courses allowable as requirements in the minor do have prerequisites. The course of study is as follows:

1. Statistics (3 credits). May be satisfied by MT 122 (Elementary Statistics), MT 228 (Biostatistics), MT 229 (Probability and Statistics), or EC 208 (Business and Economic Statistics). These courses impart important skills relevant to understanding and analyzing data. They are all regular offerings. Students may petition the HAT director to use another course to satisfy this requirement.

2. Introduction to methods/research design (3-6 credits): At present, may be satisfied by PL 205 (Formal Logic – new name and number for the intro to logic course); PO 200; PO 301/301L (prerequisite: PO 200), PS 301/301L (prerequisites MT 122, 123), or, for sociology majors, SC 350-351 (6 credits instead of 3). Prerequisites: SC 101 and one additional SC course. HAT students must learn how to interpret and reason with quantitative data within particular contexts and to do this they need to learn basic research design skills, including how to isolate and articulate research questions. Through successful completion of this course, they will achieve those learning goals. Students may petition the HAT director to use another course to satisfy this requirement.

3. Human Geography (3): Either of two courses can be used to satisfy this requirement. HS 271, World Geography, introduces geographic concepts such as place, culture, spatial variation, political and economic geography, and human-environment interaction. HS 271 is required for Education majors enrolled in the Integrated Social Studies teaching licensure and is open to all JCU undergraduate students. It is offered every semester. PO 335, Political Geography, is taught once per year and is also open to students in all majors. PO 335 studies the relationships among power, decision-making, and places. It explores basic concepts of power, scale, migration, and territory and different geopolitical viewpoints and their genealogies. PO 335 students also develop skills in observing human territorial behavior and learn how to develop their own maps.

4. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3): Either PO 203 or BL 417/417L
(prerequisites BL 155 and BL160) may be taken to fulfill this requirement. PO 203 is open to students in all majors and is intended to equip them with basic GIS mapping skills. BL 417 and BL 417L examine a variety of analytical techniques and spatial data types. In BL 417/417L, students apply their skills to investigate environmental problems using GIS.

5. Crisis-Mapping (3): PO 324: Crisis-Mapping, New Media, and Politics.
This course examines how to collect, visualize, analyze, and understand crowd-sourced event data; and also explores the ethical, political, and privacy implications of this approach, as well as a variety of applications in this domain. PO 324 is offered in the spring semester of odd-number years.

6 and 7. Two additional HAT-approved courses, which must be petitioned to the director of the HAT minor for HAT credit. These may include independent study courses connected with or built upon immersions or other field experiences in which students use HAT skills and discipline-specific knowledge in relevant applications. Courses in various departments and programs can be petitioned by students to meet the HAT requirement. The HAT minor can intersect and coordinate in many ways with diverse academic majors in STEM disciplines, social sciences, health sciences, humanities, and business, to suit students’ diverse learning purposes. Sometimes there will considerable overlap between the academic major and the HAT minor; sometimes not.

For questions about the minor in Humanitarian Action and Technology, contact Dr. Pam Mason, Director of the HAT Minor and Associate Dean for Social Sciences, Education and Global Studies, at 216.397.1907 or via email at