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Environment and Society minor



The Environment and Society (E&S) minor examines the social dimensions of environmental issues and sustainability. Through a range of interdisciplinary course offerings, it seeks to foster environmental literacy and citizenship among students. Those completing the minor will gain a deep understanding of the political, cultural, and economic factors that affect our use of the environment. Courses in the minor draw primarily from the social sciences and humanities and ask a variety of questions. Who determines how the environment is used? How has the way we value nature changed over time? How do social divisions influence who is affected by climate change, pollution, or natural disasters? How can we create a more sustainable society? 


The E&S minor is an excellent accompaniment to majors in other fields. For those interested in the natural sciences, the minor offers perspectives on the social dimensions of nature less emphasized in science courses. For those interested in public policy and economics, it allows students to delve more deeply into environmental matters. For those interested in business, finance, or management, the minor offers an opportunity to learn more about the relationships between environment, economy, and society. Finally, for those seeking a future in the media, it enables students to learn more about the environmental issues they will report on during their career. In short, the E&S minor is a program for those who care about nature and want to find solutions to environmental problems. It is also a way for students to document their knowledge and expertise in environmental issues for the growing number of ‘green’ jobs and industries. 

The program leading to a minor in Environment and Society requires the completion of six courses (18 credits), two of which are mandatory and four of which are electives. Of the four elective courses for the minor, two must be in departments outside Geography. Students should work closely with their major advisor and the E&S minor coordinator to ensure they are meeting the necessary requirements for both programs. 

Minors must take the following TWO lower-division courses: 

GEO 103 America and the Global Environment 
GEO 155 The Natural World 

Minors must take FOUR of the following courses, at least two of which must be from departments outside Geography. Please note that many courses offered through SU Abroad may also count toward the minor and that this list is subject to change as new relevant courses are created: 

BIO         415      Conservation Biology  
CIE         274      Civil and Environmental Systems 
CIE         341      Introduction to Environmental Engineering 
ECN         437      Environmental & Resource Economics 
ECS         354      Green Technology and Sustainability 
EDU         300      601 Tully Project 
GEO         215      Global Environmental Change 
GEO         300      Animals and Society 
GEO         314      Hazardous Geographic Environments 
GEO         316      River Environments 
GEO         317      Geography of Mountain Environments 
GEO         318      Tropical Environments 
GEO         319      Cold Environments 
GEO         322      Globalization and Environment in Latin America 
GEO         326      Geography of Climate and Weather 
GEO         327      Coastal Environments 
GEO         347      Art and Environment in American Culture Since 1800 
GEO         353      Geographies of Environmental Justice 
GEO         354      American Environmental History and Geography 
GEO         356      Environmental Ideas and Policy 
GEO         374      Environment and Development in the Global South 
GEO         482      Environmental Remote Sensing 
GEO         555      Biogeography 
GEO         583      Environmental Geographical Information Science 
HNR         350      Water for Gotham 
HTW         303      Community and Environmental Health 
LPP/SHR   450      Sustainable Enterprise 
NSD         555      Food, Culture, and Environment 
PAF         451      Environmental Policy 
PHI         394      Environmental Ethics 
PSC         302      Environmental Politics and Policy 
PSC         318      Technology, Politics, and Environment 
REL         395      Religions and the Natural World         
SOC         400      Environmental Sociology 

Jane Read  
Environment & Society Minor Coordinator  
Department of Geography 
144 Eggers Hall



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