Environmental Studies: Policy, Culture, & Society | Academic Advising Handbook

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Environmental Studies in Policy, Culture and Society offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum and a disciplinary approach towards understanding complexities of the human relationship to the environment. It should be of particular value to students who are interested in pursuing careers in environmental law or environmental policy. Students should be aware that they will need, by the end of their sophomore year, to choose a disciplinary emphasis in which a senior thesis will be written.

First-year students are advised to take ENV 200, Introduction to Environmental Science, the only required course for all students in the major. Prior to establishing a disciplinary focus, students are required to take core courses in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and humanities. Courses suitable for first-year students include:

  • ENV 141 Permaculture Design
  • ENV 160 Energy and the Environment
  • ENV 210 Tropical Environmental Biology
  • ENV 224 Environmental Politics (cross-listed as POLS 224)
  • ENV 260 Oregon Natural History
  • ENG 222 Environmental Literature

*May receive different numbers from the Curriculum Committee and registrar.

Environmental Studies PCS: Core Requirements for the Major

Below are the core requirements as well as the requirements for disciplinary concentrations; the latter may not be of much concern for first-year students.

Natural Science

Required

  • ENV 200 Intro to Environmental Science | 4 credits

Choose One

  • ENV 141 Permaculture Design | 4 credits
  • ENV 160 Energy and the Environment | 4 credits
  • ENV 210 Tropical Environmental Biology | 4 credits
  • ENV 260 Oregon Natural History | 4 credits

Social Science

Choose Two

  • ENV 224 Environmental Politics | 4 credits
  • ENV 333 Environmental Economics | 4 credits
  • ENV 441 Environmental History | 4 credits

Humanities

Choose Two

  • ENV 321 Environmental Ethics | 4 credits
  • ENV 222 Environmental Literature | 4 credits
  • ENV 322 Animal Ethics | 4 credits

Electives

Choose One

  • PH 320 Environmental Health | 4 credits
  • PSY 313 Ecopsychology | 4 credits
  • SOC 342 Consumer Society | 4 credits

Concentrations (Economics, Ethics, History or Politics & Government)

In addition to the core, students must complete one of the concentrations below:

Economics

  • ECON 101 Economics of Social Issues | 4 credits
  • ECON 102 Economics of Markets and Governments | 4 credits
  • ECON 321 Econometrics (has Math 207 as a prereq) | 4 credits
  • ECON 327 Economics of Consumers, Producers, and Government | 4 credits
  • ECON/ENV 333 Environmental Economics (credits counted in core) | 4 credits
  • ECON 490 Research Methods in Economics | 2 credits
  • ECON 495 Senior Thesis | 2 credits

Subtotal – Economics Concentration | 20

Environmental Studies Core | 28

Total for Major (with Math prereqs) | 52

Ethics

  • PHIL 202 Ethics and Society | 4 credits
  • PHIL/ENV 321 Environmental Ethics (credits counted in core) | 4 credits
  • PHIL/ENV 322 Animal Ethics (credits counted in core) | 4 credits
  • PHIL 494/495 Senior Seminar | 4 credits
  • One of the following: PHIL 101, 205, 206, 207, 208 | 4 credits
  • Upper-division elective in Philosophy | 4 credits

Subtotal – Ethics Concentration | 16 credits

Environmental Studies Core | 28 credits

Total for the Major | 44 credits

History

  • One 100 or 200 level course in History | 4 credits
  • Two 300 or 400 level courses in History | 8 credits
  • HIST/ENV 441 Environmental History (credits counted in core) | 4 credits
  • HIST 391 Research Methods in History | 4 credits
  • HIST 491-2 Senior Thesis | 2 credits

Subtotal – History Concentration | 18 credits

Environmental Studies Core | 26-28 credits

Total for Major | 44-46 credits

Politics and Government

Required Courses (Take All Four)

  • POLS 140 Introduction to U.S. Politics | 4 credits
  • POLS/ENV 224 Environmental Politics (credits counted in core) | 4 credits
  • POLS 399 Theory and Method in Pols | 4 credits
  • POLS 498/499 Seminar and Thesis | 4 credits

Electives (Choose Three—twelve credits)

  • POLS 301 Politics and the Media | 4 credits
  • POLS 302 Parties and Elections | 4 credits
  • POLS 304 Grassroots Politics | 4 credits
  • POLS 306 Presidency and Congress | 4 credits
  • POLS 310 Markets, Politics, and Governments | 4 credits
  • POLS 321 Protest, Dissent, and Social Change | 4 credits
  • POLS 322 Suppression of Dissent | 4 credits
  • POLS 325 Constitutional Law | 4 credits
  • POLS 340 Security, Rights, and Globalization | 4 credits
  • POLS 475 Internship

Subtotal – Politics and Government Concentration | 24 credits

Environmental Studies Core | 28 credits

Total for Major | 52