Degrees & Programs Environmental Studies Minor
Engage pressing environmental issues and practice stewardship of the earth
Widespread environmental problems rank among the most pressing global issues of our time, and their scientific, social and moral dimensions require a sophisticated, informed and compassionate response. The Environmental Studies minor cultivates a deep understanding of human connections to the natural world so you can analyze and debate complex environmental problems and devise constructive, imaginative solutions. You’ll discover how to practice stewardship of the earth in the context of Christian theology and social and environmental ethics. You'll also develop the knowledge and skills to engage contemporary environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, pollution, resource depletion, climate change, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and sustainable development from local to global scales.
Requirements for a Minor: 20 units
ENV 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4)
At least one course must be taken from each of the three following areas.
|Natural Sciences||Social Sciences||Humanities|
Other natural science courses with a substantive environmental component, special topics courses, or senior seminars as approved by the minor advisor. Other natural science environmental courses offered at Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies or other Westmont-approved off-campus programs (e.g., Environmental Applications in GIS, Biological Agriculture, Conservation Biology, Land Resources, Restoration Ecology, Environmental Chemistry).
Other social science courses with a substantive environmental component, special topics courses, or senior seminars as approved by the minor advisor. Other social science environment courses offered at Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies or other Westmont-approved off-campus programs (e.g., Environmental Law and Politics, International Development and Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development)
Other humanities courses with a substantive environmental component, special topics courses, or senior seminars as approved by the minor advisor. Students are encouraged to take up to four units of ENV 190 Environmental Studies internship and/or research credit, which may be distributed into the three areas above as appropriate. At least two courses must be upper-division. Courses may have prerequisites. For courses where environmental issues are not the sole focus, students should choose an environment-related issue for any independent project assigned, as approved by the minor advisor.
ENV 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4) This course is an introduction to the main features of the environment and global environmental issues. It uses an interdisciplinary approach that includes environmental science, ethics, literature, history, politics, sociology, and economics. It cultivates a deep understanding of individual and corporate connections to the natural world in all its diversity, and helps students develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base and set of skills to engage contemporary environmental issues from local to global scales. It also situates stewardship of the earth in the context of Christian theology and social environmental ethics, fosters an ability to analyze and debate complex environmental problems, and devise constructive, imaginative strategies to address them.
ENV 190 Environmental Studies Internship (1-4) Prerequisite: ENV 001. Internship experience in environment-related fields such as environmental advocacy, communication, art, or writing; resource management, wildlife management, habitat restoration, sustainable agriculture, green business, wildness therapy, or nature literacy. Internships will preferably be performed in Santa Barbara or in conjunction with the Westmont in San Francisco program.
A strong education in environmental studies will prepare you in innumerable ways for careers in governmental, academic, for-profit and/or non-profit institutions. Potential career paths include environmental law, green business, science journalism, wilderness therapy, outdoor education, natural resource management, restoration ecology, and sustainable agriculture.