Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Environmental Studies Minor
Participating Faculty: Christine Casson (WLP), Paul Hackett (MC), Steve Himmer (WLP), Jon Honea (IN)**, Brooke Knight (VMA), Bob Nesson (VMA), Charles Oliver (IN), Wyatt Oswald (IN), Greg Payne (CS), Nejem Raheem (MC), John Satriale (School-Comm), Doug Struck (J)
This interdisciplinary minor examines environmental processes, challenges, and solutions from a variety of perspectives, including science, policy, economics, history, ethics, media, literature, and the arts. Students will explore the relationships between people and the environment, focusing in particular on the sustainable use of natural resources and the causes, consequences, and communication of the complex environmental problems faced by human societies, including air and water pollution, habitat loss and restoration, and climate change.
Students must take three courses at the lower-level, one from the track in environmental science and the other from the track in social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The third can be taken from either of the two tracks. At the upper-level, students will be required to take one 300- or 400-level course.
For the Environmental Studies minor, at least 16 credit hours in designated courses are required.
Students may choose from the following classes (for additional classes always check the semester registration listings):
|SC 220||Energy and Sustainability|
|SC 222||Natural Disasters|
|SC 223||Climate Change|
|SC 224||Ecology and Conservation|
|SC 225||Science and Politics of Water|
|SC 226||Plants and People|
|SC 292||Topics in Environmental Science|
|SC 320||Science in Translation: Environmental Science|
|SC 392||Advanced Topics in Environmental Science: Environments, Ecosystems, and Cultures of the Past|
Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts
|IN 123||Eco-Warriors: Message, Rhetoric, and Impact|
|IN 234||Topics in Environmental Studies|
|IN 326||Dammed Shawsheen: Blending Ecology and Economics in the Real World*|
|CC 356||Crisis Communication|
|EC 203||Principles of Economics|
|JR 320||Environmental Journalism*|
|JR 364||Climate Change and the Election (by special permission)|
|LI 217||Literature, Culture, and the Environment|
|PH 204||Environmental Ethics|
|WR 317||Writing about the Environment*|
**Adviser for the minor
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