Environmental Studies Major — B.A.
|Environmental Studies B.A. Major Requirements||55|
|Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 1||28-40|
|ENVS 11900||Introduction to Environmental Humanities||4|
|ENVS 12000||Environmental Sentinels||4|
|ENVS 12100||Introduction to Environmental Science and Technology||4|
|ENVS 22000||Human-Environment Geography||3|
|ENVS 22100||Interdisciplinary Physical Science||4|
|ENVS electives||Upper level ENVS electives at level 2 or above; 6 credits must be at level 3 or higher.||9|
|History electives||Selected from a list of approved courses available from the department||3|
|Humanities electives||Selected from a list of approved courses available from the department||3|
|Policy electives||Selected from a list of approved courses available from the department||3|
|Social Science electives||Selected from a list of approved courses available from the department||6|
|Select 6 credits from a list of approved courses||6|
|ENVS 17500||Introductory Environmental Seminar||1|
|ENVS 27500||Intermediate Environmental Seminar||1|
|ENVS 47500||Advanced Environmental Seminar||1|
|Select one option for 3 credits:||3|
|Environmental Research: Advanced|
|Independent Study: Environmental Studies|
|Internship: Environmental Studies|
Students must complete an experiential service or community-based learning activity and put their communication skills to use with diverse audiences (see below).
Cultural Immersion Requirement
This requirement is designed to help students discover alternative ways of addressing environmental problems by developing an insider’s view that can help broaden their perspectives as well as provide sources for innovative solutions. Students can choose from a wide variety of experiences to satisfy this requirement, but each cultural immersion experience must meet the following criteria:
- It must be related to environmental studies or science in some way.
- It must include at least 40 hours of direct involvement with people from a culture or socioeconomic class other than what the student has experienced to date.
- It must be a deeper, more critical cultural immersion experience than travel or observation alone, and it should provide opportunities for students to evaluate situations from local people’s perspective.
- It should enable students to acquire an awareness of how their own culture informs them about other cultures and is used subjectively to make sense of cultural differences.
- It requires students to be active participants in the culture, and not just observers; in other words, students should strive to be in a situation where some of their daily comforts and predictability are different or absent.
Students must develop a written proposal for their cultural immersion experience, obtain approval in advance, document their experience through written reflection and an electronic portfolio, and present their portfolio as part of ENVS 47500 in their senior year.