Why Minor in Environmental Studies?
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 will find an appropriate niche in the program through its intentionally interdisciplinary nature.