Learning Outcomes

Environmental Studies Learning Outcomes

Environmental Studies minor students will know:

  • The primary environmental issues confronting humans in the 21st century (e.g., anthropogenic climate change, loss of biodiversity, resource consumption, peak oil, etc.)
  • The fundamental science that frames and makes comprehensible current debates about environmental issues (e.g., the carbon cycle)
  • How to assess and grasp the moral and ethical significance of environmental crises and the possible responses to those crises using multiple approaches or frames (e.g., utilitarian, deontological, intrinsic value, virtue theory, pragmatic, etc.)
  • The practical challenges (e.g., political, economic, etc.) associated with various possible responses to environmental crises.

Environmental Studies minor students will be able to:

  • Apply diverse perspectives and methodologies (ways) of addressing environmental questions (e.g., philosophical, economic, scientific, political, theological, etc.), transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries in favor of a more holistic perspective
  • Apply the knowledge and analytic skills they have acquired in the course of their studies to real-world issues, bridging the supposed gap between theory and practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to write, speak, and think clearly and critically about the issues studied in the minor.

Environmental Studies minor students will value:

  • The diverse perspectives and values (e.g., political, cultural, religious, etc.) amongst the various stakeholders in environmental challenges
  • The importance of good science in framing environmental questions
  • The role of both a) personal transformation (e.g., lifestyle choices, consumptive dispositions, etc.) and b) social transformation (e.g., community involvement, political action, addressing environmental justice and environmental racism, etc.) in any response to environmental challenges.