Human activities have profoundly affected our environment, causing unprecedented climate change, loss of biological diversity, and contamination of air, land and water. In turn, many of these impacts harm human health, undermine local livelihoods and disrupt our political and economic systems. This professional concentration area will prepare students to critically examine root causes of, and solutions to so-called “environmental problems” at local, regional, national, and global scales, across different demographic groups (e.g. ethnicity, class, gender). Competing approaches to understanding and solving global environmental issues will be explored with a focus on linking human rights and environment through the frameworks of environmental justice and political ecology. Specific topics include climate change, resource consumption, population, conventional agriculture versus agroecology, deforestation, ocean resources, fossil fuels, alternative energy, mining, water conservation and conflict, greening the economy, green building and ecotourism.
INTL 420 International Community Development *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.
Electives (choose 3 of the following):
EC 333 Resource and Environmental Economic Issues
ENVS 435 Environmental Justice
ENVS 450 Political Ecology
GEOG 430 Long‑Term Environmental Change
GEOG 461 Environmental Alterations
GEOG 463 Geography, Law and the Environment
GEOG 465 Environment & Development
INTL 422 Aid to Developing Countries *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.
INTL 432 Indigenous Cultural Survival
PPPM 327 Global Leadership and Change
PPPM 443 Natural Resource Policy
PS 477 International Environmental Politics