Learning Outcomes and Goals of the Major

 

Learning outcomes (topical):

  1. Develop understanding of and broad ability to explain human-environment relations in an interdisciplinary manner, including but not limited to, policy, ethics, natural science, history, philosophy, literature, and arts. [disciplinary knowledge]
  2. Cultivate an ability to analyze and articulate various environmental challenges and opportunities, including but not limited to, climate change, environmental governance, wilderness, biodiversity, land ethics, natural resource use and management, and environmental justice. [themes]
  3. Evaluate real-world applications of socio-environmental analysis, including the understanding of policy responses and the historical and cultural dimensions of social and ecological systems.

 

Learning goals: Skills needed to achieve outcomes

  1. Critical thinking and reading, and analytical writing and research (ranging from guided to independent).
  2. Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; students undertake courses in the natural and physical, as well as social, sciences, and engage with both types of analysis. Various courses address how to make environmental and social decisions in the face of scientific uncertainty.
  3. Team collaboration, how to achieve consensus; students work in groups at the capstone level, some classes have simulations that build negotiation skills, and some classes include peer review strategies.
  4. Communicate orally and in writing to diverse audiences, ranging from the general public to specialists in a variety of disciplines. Engage in respectful discourse in class discussions, give presentations, and lead discussions. Take part in opportunities to present individual research, attend conferences, and interact with guest speakers