Environmental Humanities  (Certificate)

Explore the relationships between humans, nature and the environment, and be better prepared to engage in activities that lead to meaningful social and environmental change.

Program Description

The environmental humanities certificate is for students who are interested in humanities-based approaches to the current global environmental crisis, a vital area of study.

Courses are focused on the human relationship to the environment and the relationship between nature and culture. To gain practical experience, students also complete an internship in environmental activism, policy development, education or another pertinent area.

ASU's Department of English has an extensive internship program, offering placements in publishing, media and marketing, government, nonprofits and film festivals. The department also boasts top online programs, rigorous undergraduate research opportunities and options for cultural and community involvement.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

Requests to declare this certificate are reviewed by the academic advisor in the academic unit offering the certificate. Students may be contacted to discuss the certificate prior to the addition of the certificate to the student record.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The environmental humanities certificate consists of 15 hours. At least 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level, with a minimum of six upper-division credit hours from courses offered by the Department of English in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher is required in all courses taken for the minor.

Required Courses (choose one) -- 3 credit hours

ENG 367: Environmental Issues in Literature and Film (L or HU)(3)

ENG 371: Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement (3)

ENG 378: Environmental Creative Nonfiction (L or HU) (3)

Internship or Independent Study -- 3 credit hours

ENG 484: Environmental Humanities Certificate or ENG 499: Individualized Instruction (3)

Electives (choose three) -- 9 credit hours

ASB 326: Human Impacts on Ancient Environments (SB & H) (3)

ASB 370 SOS 370: Ethics of Eating (L or SB) (3)

BIO 324 PHI 310: Environmental Ethics (HU) (3)

ENG 334: The American Southwest in Literature and Film ((L or HU) & C) (3)

ENG 363: Transborder Mexican and Chicano/a Literature of Southwest North America ((L or HU) & C) (3)

ENG 367: Environmental Issues in Literature and Film (L or HU) (3)

ENG 371: Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement (3)

ENG 378: Environmental Creative Nonfiction (L or HU) (3)

ENG 468: Environmental Literary Criticism (L or HU) (3)

HST 342: U.S. West 20th Century (SB & H) (3)

HST 345: Environmental History (L) (3)

JUS 332: Politics of Energy Policy and Justice (3)

JUS 444: Environment and Justice (L & C) (3)

PSY 306: Environmental Psychology (SB) (3)

REL 349: Nature, Sustainability and Religion (3)

SGS 330: Globalization and the Environment: Problems and Solutions (3)

SOC 331: Environmental Sociology (SB & G) (3)

SOS 110: Sustainable World (SB) (3)

SOS 320: Society and Sustainability (L or SB) (3)

SOS 370 ASB 370: Ethics of Eating (L or SB) (3)

Other courses may be used by approval of an academic advisor in the Department of English.

Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

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