The Environmental Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor designed to help students acquire an understanding of the complex issues and concerns associated with the environment. Building on courses in a variety of departments in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the Environmental Studies Program minor offers a coherent curriculum addressing some of the most pressing ecological, political, economic, social, and ethical problems of the contemporary world.
Students who minor in Environmental Studies will study issues such as: global climate change; resource management, excessive consumption and the just distribution of resources; genetically modified crops and organisms; biodiversity; wilderness preservation; pollution pressures on the land, air, and sea; sustainable development; the rights or value of non-human animals and nature; energy production; population and consumption; the role of the environment in local, national, and international politics; international agencies and treaties addressing environmental issues; and environmental justice and environmental racism.
The Environmental Studies Program and its curriculum is dedicated to fostering a genuine spirit of interdisciplinary exchange, across both traditional disciplinary as well as college definitions. Faculty from a variety of departments, schools, and colleges may teach courses cross-listed in Environmental Studies, and students from across the University community fill find an appropriate niche in the program through its intentionally interdisciplinary nature.