Environmental Humanities (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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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.

Program 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 Course (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Internship or Independent Study -- 3 credit hours
Notes: Students majoring in environmental engineering are encouraged to take EVE 452 to fulfill this requirement.
Electives (choose three) -- 9 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment 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 before 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Engage critically, with writing and group oral discussion assignments, with up-to-date scholarly or creative Environmental Humanities texts.
  • Present team-prepared oral presentations on the cultural elements of an environmental challenge they are studying in order to prepare to learn team work and how to present pressing issues accessibly to the public.
  • Produce analytic writing about environmental issues that meets or exceeds standards in the field.

Career Outlook

The certificate provides students with a multidisciplinary knowledge base and practical skill set that enable them to enact social and environmental change. Students who complete this certificate are well prepared for careers in sustainability, environmental science and public policy, and they are better equipped to implement environmentally responsible practices in their own lives.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 8.6%
  • Median Salary*: 81650
  Bright Outlook

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.2%
  • Median Salary*: 74280

Environmental Economists

  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 76480
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Restoration Planners

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 76480
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 83040

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: 87480
  Bright Outlook

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: 97770

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 0.8%
  • Median Salary*: 61810

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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