The Environmental Studies Major and Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson

In recent decades, issues related to the environment have emerged as key concerns at local, national, and international levels. 

The Environmental Studies major and interdisciplinary minor are designed to give students broad exposure to a range of environmental issues and to provide multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the complexity of factors that affect the environment and our understanding of it.

We are a broad department that includes Environmental Science, Environmental Social Science, and Environment Humanities in our curriculum. Our majors and minors are able to choose one of those tracks to focus on, and we offer courses in a number of different fields including anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, ecology, economics, English, geology and earth sciences, history, political science, and social justice. We are very proud of the interdisciplinary experience we offer our students.

As you plan your courses for the Environmental Studies major, you may find our Major Worksheet (PDF) helpful.

Requirements & Courses

Courses You Might Take

ENV 203

Environmental Humanities

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Overview of humanistic approaches to environmental issues, including perspectives from art, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion.  This course emphasizes humanistic methodologies such as close reading and analysis of primary and secondary materials in both written and visual forms.

Satisfies a requirement for the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Liberal Studies requirement.

Prerequisites

ENV 201

Environmental Science

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Staff

Overview of the scientific concepts, principles, processes, and methodologies required to understand how ecosystems work. This knowledge will be applied to selected environmental problems to help students understand the scientific basis, estimate the risks associated, and evaluate alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.  One laboratory meeting per week.

Satisfies a requirement for the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Natural Science requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Laboratory Science requirement.

Prerequisites

ENV 497

Thesis Research

Under the direction of an ENV Core faculty member, the student engages in research as part of pursuing Honors in Environmental Studies.

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