Q: What courses should I take during the first year?
Students should plan to take five breadth requirement courses as early as possible because these courses are often prerequisites for 200-level courses. These five include: One course from State of the Earth and one course from Natural Sciences. The remaining three courses can be chosen from the four remaining areas: Economics/Political Economy of the Environment; Government/Institutions; Civil Society and Social Movements; and Culture and Environment. Click here to see what course choices students have to fulfill breadth courses requirements.
Q: Is there a preferred sequence of courses students should follow?
Each student is required to prepare a formal learning plan upon declaring the major. This plan, which can take the form of the major planning sheet in the Global Environmental Studies program guide, identifies the courses the student intends to take (and in which semesters) in order to complete the major requirements. This plan can and should be regularly updated, with files retained by the major advisor and/or the undergraduate program assistant, as well as by the student. Please see the last question for more guidance.
Q: What are the guidelines for internships and/or study abroad?
Students are strongly encouraged to do internships with local, state, federal and international governments, and social movement organizations for major credit. Similarly, study abroad provides students the opportunity to witness first-hand the environmental issues that arise in other parts of the world and to be a part of their analysis and solution. To receive credit for study abroad, students must work with faculty advisers or other departmental and affiliate professors.
Q: Where should students or faculty go for more information?