Sound foundation to studying the environment.
Sound foundation to studying the environment.

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environmental studiesThe Minor in Environmental Studies is designed to offer students a sound foundation in the scientific, political and cultural approaches to studying the environment. Students electing the Minor in Environmental Studies may study in a broad range of subject areas, including sociology, economics, philosophy and political science. 

Students electing the Minor in Environmental Studies take 21 credits. These 21 credits include two required core courses and any combination of elective courses chosen among the approved list for the Minor in Environmental Studies. 12 credits may not be duplicated by the major or any other minor. In addition, a minimum of 12 credits must be at the upper-division level. 

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DShafieDr. David Shafie's research and teaching interests include public policy, environmental politics, and California politics. His most recent books are Presidential Administration and the Environment, published by Routledge, and Eleventh Hour: The Politics of Policy Initiatives in Presidential Transitions (Texas A&M University Press).  He is co-author of Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State (Longman, 2nd ed.) and he has published articles in American Behavioral Scientist, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, and the Southeastern Political Review.

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Contact Dr. David Shafie in the Department of Political Science.