Environmental Studies Major
Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate:
- competence in understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment.
- Natural Science track: Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret quantitative data (maps, imagery, charts, graphs, spreadsheets and equations) and to formulate and analyze scientific hypotheses and arguments based on their findings.
- Social Science track: Students will develop an understanding of the relationships between humans and the economic, social, and political institutions that affect the natural and human environment. Students completing the SS track the ES major will demonstrate the ability to interpret qualitative as well as quantitative data, and to formulate and analyze hypotheses and arguments.
- Humanities track: Students will develop knowledge of different conceptions of nature as cultural phenomena through comparative study of different philosophical, spiritual, literary, and artistic traditions. Students completing the AH track of the ES major will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate differing conceptions of nature through the successful completion of at least one, in-depth research paper or creative project of real-world project involving creative imagining, and/or philosophical/spiritual inquiry into, and/or the representing of nature through writing, pictures or design and/or physical manipulation of land
- the ability to identify the multiple dimensions of environmental issues, using tools and ways of knowing specific to the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.
- facility in being able to locate and access information on environmental issues