The Environmental Studies Minor

The environmental studies minor is designed to give students in any major a significant understanding of the physical, cultural, political, and spiritual dimensions of human relationships with the environment. Multidisciplinary in nature, this minor provides a basic foundation in ecological literacy while emphasizing the insights which the humanities and social sciences can offer into the complex interactions between human cultures and their natural surroundings.

What can students expect to gain from a minor in environmental studies at Webster?

The basic environmental literacy necessary to

  • understand environmental problems and why they exist,
  • live more lightly on the planet,
  • make environmentally informed choices as a voter, and
  • work towards a more sustainable relationship with the local and global environments.                                         

What is required to complete an environmental studies minor?

SCIN 1520 Environment 3 hour
SCIN 1521 Environment: Lab 1 hour

and 15 credit hours from the following:
(with at least 3 credit hours coming from the first three courses listed)

GNST 1300
Technology, Science, and Society: Intro. to Environmental Studies 3 hours
HIST 1010
Topics in History: American Environmental History 3 hours
PHIL 2360
Environmental Ethics 3 hours
ANSO 1090 Introduction to Geography: World and Regional 3 hours
BIOL 1020 & 1021 Biology of Animals and Lab 4 hours
BIOL 1030 & 1031 Biology of Plants and Lab 4 hours
ENGL 3500
Contexts: Nature Writing in America (or Voicing another Nature) 3 hours
GNST 1308 Technology, Science, and Society: When Rivers Run Wild 3 hours
HIST 2080
History of Disease and Medicine 3 hours
HRTS 3400
Human Rights and the Environment 3 hours

ISTL 2600/
BIOL 1310

Natural Systems and Sustainable Ecologies 3 hours
JOUR 3750
Environmental Journalism 3 hours
POLT 2500
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics: Sex, Drugs, and Garbage 3 hours
RELG 2430 Environment and Religion 3 hours

Students may substitute other environmentally oriented classes (such as topics classes, new classes, and classes that give credit for internships and other forms of experiential learning) into the second category with the approval of the environmental studies coordinator. Please note that some of the additional courses not listed above that count toward the minor are included on our course listings pages.

For more information, contact Karla Armbruster, Chair of Envirommental Studies.