Learning Goals for the Major and the Minor in Environmental Studies

These programs have four learning goals. Students who complete the programs will:

Environmental Literacy – understand and be able to articulate, both orally and in writing, the core principles, concepts, and theories that form the field’s interdisciplinary foundation in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Environmental Justice – be aware of the ways that social inequality and unequal power structures shape people’s exposure and vulnerability to environmental risks/problems.

Environmental Methods/Techniques/Strategies of Interpretation – be able to demonstrate proficiency in at least one method, technique, or strategy of interpretation for environmental inquiry in the natural sciences, social sciences and/or humanities.

Environmental Problem Solving – be able to apply perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities in an integrated fashion to analyze concrete environmental problems and evaluate diverse approaches to addressing these problems.