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

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environmental studies

The 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. 

 Environmental Studies

What can you do with an Environmental Studies minor?

An Environmental Studies minor compliments any bachelor’s degree. It provides an interdisciplinary foundation for careers in a wide range of disciplines which are instrumental to finding solutions to the environmental problems facing the nation and the world.


Students can apply these skills in a range of careers, such as ...

  • Business
  • Nonprofits
  • Education
  • Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Government
  • Planning
  • Journalism/Film
  • Public Policy
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Lobbying
  • Sustainability Management
Sophie Friedland, ’21
Integrated Educational Studies major; Environmental Studies minor
“In our current societal and physical climate, understanding how humans and the environment are interconnected is critical. I chose to minor in ES because I wanted to learn about the environment in a way that would allow me to help make environmentalism relevant for others. The minor has strengthened my value of sustainability.”

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Program Director

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.

Need more information?

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