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Environmental Humanities Certificate

ASU’s Environmental Humanities Certificate offers students a humanities-based approach that explores the relationship between human culture and the environment and examines the impact of human activities on the planet. Traditionally, environmental studies programs have emphasized the physical sciences and policy studies. In complement, the Environmental Humanities bring together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the liberal and fine arts (anthropology, drama, film, geography, history, landscape design, literature, philosophy, photography, religious studies, and other areas) to illuminate not only the physical and political dimensions of the environment, but also the important ways that nature permeates our imaginative lives culturally, ideologically, and aesthetically.

Equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge of the relationships between human cultures and the rest of nature, students will be better-prepared to participate in activities that lead to meaningful social and environmental change, to make better-informed decisions regarding sustainable personal lifestyles, and to contribute to the creation of ecologically responsible public policy.

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Director, Faculty Advisor: 
Joni Adamson, PhD
Email: joni.adamson@asu.edu

For information, please contact:

Tempe Advisor
Linda Sullivan, Assistant Director, Academic Services
E-mail: englishadvising@asu.edu

Tempe Internship Coordinator
Ruby Macksoud
Email: ruby.macksoud@asu.edu

Polytechnic Advisor
Linda Zygmond (480) 727-1526
Email: linda.zygmond@asu.edu

Downtown Faculty Advisor
Elizabeth McNeil, PhD
Email: Elizabeth.McNeil@asu.edu

Besides locating a great internship that is already established, you can also propose an internship to a favorite organization (see Environmental and Animal Rights Organizations page and visit with the English Internship Coordinator or an English advisor).

Internship Database, University of Oregon, Environmental Studies Program

Student Conservation Association

Research Internship with Antenna Theater's ECOlogical Calendar

Internship list from the School of Life Sciences - make sure you pick one that is focused on the humanities.

Here are some easy ways to get involved in activities that make a direct impact on our community. However small your action, you can contribute meaningfully. Also check the list of Environmental and Animal Rights Organizations for other local and national organizations that love volunteers. And please send us your favorite organizational urls or contacts so we can add them here.

ASU Opportunities

Arboretum Volunteers

Campus Student Sustainability Groups and Actions

Sustainability Actions

Mildcats at ASU

Local Opportunities

Adopt a Desert Tortoise or Desert Box Turtle

Clean up a River: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration

Learn about Permaculture through the Phoenix Permaculture Guild

Shop Locally

Support Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 
Crooked Sky Farms, 
1701 S College, Tempe, AZ
Contact: Andrew at tawnyscrawnylions@yahoo.com

Tempe Farmers Market

805 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ

Contact tempefarmersmarket@cox.net

Graduate Programs

This list provides only a starting point. Since Environmental Humanities Certificate students have a range of major disciplinary backgrounds, programs focused on environmental sciences and policy that are not listed here may also be of interest.

Graduate Handbook, The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
This international list provides a useful starting point regarding schools whose programs are receptive to scholarship in literature and environment.

Antioch University New England, Environmental Studies PhD in the Environmental Humanities

University of Nevada, Reno, Studies in Literature and Environment

Northern Arizona University, Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities

University of Oregon, Environmental Studies Program

University of Utah, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program


People whose careers emphasize skills and foci from the environmental humanities work in numerous types of organizations, institutions, and agencies. Here is an brief list of examples.


Environmental Jobs, University of Oregon, Environmental Studies Program

Environmental Jobs Directory: Green Jobs

Jobs and Internships, San Francisco State University, Environmental Studies Program

Student Conservation Association

Sustainable Pathways: Finding Your Environmental Job

►For Further Reading:

Professional Journals and Presses

Below are several journals and book series that may interest Environmental Humanities Certificate scholars.

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Environmental Humanities Series

Many of these organizations offer volunteer or internship opportunities. If your favorite organization doesn’t appear in this list, make sure to let us know and we’ll add it (contact englishadvising@asu.edu).

Phoenix | Northern AZ | Tucson | California | Midwest | Pacific Northwest | The South | Southwest | National/International

Phoenix and Valley Area

Arizona Association for Environmental Education

Arizona Clean and Beautiful

Arizona Humane Society

Arizona League of Conservation Voters

Arizona Wildlife Federation

Black Mountain Conservancy (Cave Creek)

Decision Center for a Desert City 

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Foothills Land Trust

Environment Arizona

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Phoenix Zoo

Prescott and Northern Arizona

Central Arizona Land Trust

Friends of Flagstaff's Future

Grand Canyon Trust


Arizona Land and Water Trust

Arizona Wilderness Coalition

Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection

Friends of Saguaro National Park

The Rincon Institute


Bay Area Open Space Council

Big Sur Land Trust

California League of Conservation Voters

California Native Plant Society

California Wilderness Coalition

Catalina Island Conservancy

Claremont Wildlands Conservancy

Mountain Lion Foundation

Nature Trust of the Santa Monica Mountains

Pacific Forest Trust

Save-the-Redwoods League

Sierra Nevada Alliance

Sonoma Land Trust

TreePeople (Los Angeles area)


Alliance for the Great Lakes (Michigan)

Chicago Wilderness (Illinois)

Environment Illinois

Environmental Law and Policy Center (Midwest/Illinois)

Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society

The Illinois Raptor Center

Liberty Prairie Conservancy (Illinois)

Minnesota Native Plant Society

Natural Land Institute: Conserving Land in Northern Illinois

Openlands Project (northeastern Illinois)

The Prairie Enthusiasts (Wisconsin)

Prairie Rivers Network (Illinois)

Pacific Northwest

Cascadia Wildlands Project (Oregon)

Friends of the San Juans (Washington)

North Cascades Conservation Council

People for Puget Sound

Washington Environmental Council

Washington Wilderness Coalition

The South

Bluegrass Conservancy (Kentucky)

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia

Florida Defenders of the Environment

The Florida Native Plant Society

Friends of the Everglades (Florida)

Georgia Aquarium

Southwestern States (Outside Arizona)

Aspen Valley Land Trust (Colorado)

Best Friends Animal Society (Utah)

Boulder County Nature Association (Colorado)

Center for Native Ecosystems (Colorado)

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts

Colorado Environmental Coalition

Colorado Wild

Native Plant Society of New Mexico

Native Prairies Association of Texas

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Red Rock Forests (Utah)

Save Our Canyons (Utah)

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Tread Lightly! (Utah)

Utah Environmental Congress

Utah Open Lands

Utah Rivers Council

The Utah Wilderness Coalition

Wild Connections (Colorado)

Wild Earth Guardians (New Mexico)


American Rivers

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish life

Conservation International


The Elephant Sanctuary

Evangelical Environmental Network

Friends of the Earth


Izaak Walton League of America

Jane Goodall Institute

Keep America Beautiful

National Audubon Society

National Wildlife Federation

The Nature Conservancy

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Republicans for Environmental Protection

Sierra Club

Smithsonian Institution

The Wilderness Society

World Wildlife Fund

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