Environmental Studies Major

Environmental Studies is a new major available to students starting Fall 2019. Course catalog information will be available early in the Fall 2019 semester.

In order to capture the broad, interdisciplinary nature of the field, majors in Environmental Studies will choose from four different pathways, each with its own unique curricular path and scholarly identity:

 Environmental Studies Minor Information

Environmental Studies Minor information

Environmental Studies minors will be knowledgeable about core scientific concepts that allow them to understand ecological processes and change; be able to understand different ways of assessing the value of the natural environment and be comfortable with different means of examining and communicating about the environment; and be familiar with the ways in which social institutions contribute to environmental problems and may be utilized for solutions to those problems. They should also understand their own roles as actors within the human-environment relationship. The environmental studies minor will complement a major in a traditional department so that students will combine a detailed understanding of the knowledge and methods within a discipline with a focus on a particular topic.

Students with an environmental studies minor will complete their I.S. project within their major department. However, they are encouraged to include an environmental component to their I.S. when possible, and the environmental studies faculty will endeavor to help them to do so.

  1. ENVS 300-xx (offered once per year)
    This is the one true interdisciplinary course, taught on a different topic each year but always including the same “interdisciplinary” DNA. The point is to examine that year’s topic from multiple disciplinary perspectives in order to better understand complex problems and possible solutions. Examples include: “Sustainability”; “Waste and the Environment”; “Managing Invasives”
  2. Any ENVS or cross-listed course within Arts & Humanities (AH)
    Examples include: Environmental Ethics (Philosophy dept); Religion & the Environment (Religious Studies dept); Nature Writing (English dept)
  3. Any ENVS or cross-listed course within History & Social Sciences (HSS)
    Examples include: Environmental Psychology (Psychology dept); Natural Resource Economics (Economics dept); Environmental Sociology (Sociology & Anthropology dept)
  4. Any ENVS or cross-listed course within Math & Natural Sciences (MNS)
    Examples include: Environmental Chemistry (Chemistry dept); Conservation Biology (Biology dept); Environmental Geology (Earth Sciences dept)
  5. Any other elective ENVS or cross-listed course
  6. Any other elective ENVS or cross-listed course
    Choose any other two courses, whether specifically within the ENVS program (examples: ENVS 110: Environment and Society; ENVS 220: Farm to Table: Understanding the Food System), or cross-listed from another department.