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.
Director, Faculty Advisor:
Joni Adamson, PhD
For information, please contact:
Linda Sullivan, Assistant Director, Academic Services
Tempe Internship Coordinator:
Linda Zygmond (480) 727-1526
Downtown Faculty Advisor:
Elizabeth McNeil, PhD
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 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.
Clean up a River: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration
805 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ
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.
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.
►For Further Reading:
- ASU Challenges blog entry, "Positive growth in sustainability, but other skills needed too" (21 June 2011).
- USA Today, "College students are flocking to sustainability degrees, careers" (3 August 2009).
Professional Journals and Presses
Below are several journals and book series that may interest Environmental Humanities Certificate scholars.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).