Minor in Environmental Studies

About the Minor

The Environmental Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to give students specializing in other fields a background in contemporary environmental issues and the ability to analyze such issues. For students majoring in fields such as business and engineering, the minor in Environmental Studies will provide them with the tools to make better decisions about products or projects related to environmental economics, politic pollutants, environmental policy, and environmental justice. For students who are liberal arts majors, the minor in Environmental Studies offers the opportunity to focus on the social- and natural-science aspects of the environment, and to be prepared for issues they may encounter in their careers.

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible.

For more information about this minor, please visit the CoAS minors web page.

Required Courses
ENSS 120Introduction to Environmental Studies3.0
ENSS 283Introduction to Environmental Policy3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
Select from the following: *15.0
Environmental Crime
Campaigns for Health & Environment
Environmental Communication
Resource and Environmental Economics
Environmental Literature
Sociology of the Environment
Introduction to Urban Planning
Cities and Sustainability
Environmental Movements in America
Environmental Justice
Delaware River Issues and Policy
General Ecology
Global Climate Change
Physical Geology
Themes in Global Environmental History
Empire and Environment
The History of Climate Change
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Environmental Politics
Politics of Environment and Health
Political Economy of Climate Change
Cities and Climate Change
The Politics of Food
Animal Politics
Psychology of Sustainability
Social Movements
Total Credits24.0

Other courses may be taken as electives with departmental approval.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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