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 24 hours, of which at least six must be upper-division courses offered by the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Core Required Courses: (9 credit hours; choose three courses)

ENG 334 The American Southwest in Literature and Film, L or HU, C (3)
ENG 359 Indigenous American Literature, 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 370 Science, Values, and the Public (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)
ENG 469 Science and Literature, L or HU (3)

ENG 484 Internship (3)

Electives: (12 credit hours; choose four courses)*

AFR 320 Africa: Politics, Environment and Development (3)
ASB 326 Human Impacts on Ancient Environments, SB, H (3)
ASB/SOS 370 Production, People, and Environments, L or SB (3)
BIO 300 Natural History of Arizona, SG (3)**
BIO 311 Biology and Society (3)
BIO 324/PHI 310 Environmental Ethics, HU (3)
GCU 102 Introduction to Human Geography, SB, G (3)
GCU 357 Social Geography, SB (3)
GPH 210 Society and Environment, G (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 483 Religion and Science (3)
SGS 310 Global Urban Systems (3)
SGS 330 Globalization and the Environment: Problems and Solutions (3)
SOC 331 Environmental Sociology, SB, G (3)
SOS 110 Sustainable World (3)
SOS 320 Society and Sustainability, L or SB (3)

*Other courses may be approved by an English advisor depending on special topics courses or variable topics courses available in given semesters.

**Students must take both BIO 300 and BIO 301 to receive SG General Studies credit.

A "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all upper-division course work.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

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