The Program

A Student's Perspective

"Choosing my comprehensive exam questions and working through those essays [as a Senior] was probably one of the most difficult yet helpful exercises in helping me develop my own thinking. I was forced to hunker down and think through again and again competing ideas and arguments that I had heard and develop my own understanding of them. As grueling as it was writing those four essays, they helped demonstrate clearly and explicitly to myself how deeply I care about these issues." Kumar Jensen (2012), final reflective essay.

General Education Requirements

The Department offers three courses that fulfills the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, ENST 323, 327 and 373; one course that fulfills the Scientific Requirement, ENST 315; one course that meets the Wellness Requirement, ENST 210; three courses that meet the Writing Intensive Requirement, ENST 205, 362 and 363; and one course that meets the Immersion Experience Requirement, ENST 481.

The Major

Core Requirements

  • ENST 240 Environment and Society
  • ENST 481 Field Experience
  • ENST 488 Senior Capstone Experience

Natural Science Requirement

  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
    • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
    • GEOL 201 Environmental Geology OR GEOL 211 Physical Geology
    • PHYS 120 General Physics I OR PHYS 125 Analytical Physics I
  • Plus an additional course (at the 200-level or above) within the same department (if in GEOL it needs to be 300 level).

Quantitative Requirement

  • One of the following two courses:
    • MATH 120 Elementary Statistics
    • ECON 204 Statistics for Economics
  • The following course:
    • ECON 100 Introduction to Economics

Emphasis: Students choose ONE emphasis plus ONE ADDITIONAL COURSE in the other emphasis

  • Culture and Context (Philosophical and Socio-Cultural Perspectives)
  • Politics and Policy (Economics and Politics Perspectives)

Culture and Context

    • Choose FOUR of the following courses:
      • ENST/ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology
      • PAGS 240 Global Dynamics and World Peace
      • ENST 315 Environmental Issues of New Zealand (New Zealand Program)
      • ENST/EDUC 320 Pedagogies of Place
      • ENST/SOAN 327 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
      • SOAN 341 Contemporary Social Thought
      • ENST/SOAN 362 Cultural Politics of Environment: Great Lakes Region
      • ENST/PHIL 363 Bioethics
      • ENST/PSYC 375 Psychology of Sustainability
      • Other courses may apply with approval of the major adviser and program convener.

Politics and Policy

    • Choose FOUR of the following courses:
      • POLS 101 Introduction to Politics
      • ENST/POLS 321 Environmental Policy I: Climate
      • ENST/POLS 322 Environmental Policy II: Energy 
      • ENST/POLS 323 Environmental Policy III: International Approaches
      • ENST/ECON 343 Economics of the Environment
      • ECON 345 Urban Political Economy
      • ENST/POLS 373 International Law: Environment and Development
      • Other courses may apply with approval of the major adviser and program convener.

The Minor

Students must take one of the following:

  • BIO 111 Ecological Biology
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • GEOL 201 Environmental Geology

AND

  • ENST 240 Environment and Society

AND

Three additional ENST courses from the list below comprising 9-12 total credits.

  • ENST/ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology
  • ENST 315 Environmental Issues of New Zealand (New Zealand Program)
  • ENST/EDUC 320 Pedagogies of Place
  • ENST/POLS 321 Environmental Policy I: Climate
  • ENST/POLS 322 Environmental Policy II: Energy
  • ENST/POLS 323 Environment Policy III: International Approaches
  • ENST/SOAN 327 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
  • ENST 343 Economics of the Environment
  • ENST/SOAN 362 Cultural Politics of Environment: Great Lakes Region
  • ENST/PHIL 363 Bioethics
  • ENST/POLS 373 International Law: Environment and Development
  • ENST/PSYC 375 Psychology of Sustainability

Other courses may apply with approval of the major adviser and program convener.

* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
  • (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

*ENST 205 AMERICAN LITERATURE AND ECOLOGY (4 credits)
A study of American environmental literature and its imaginative forms in relation to environmental philosophy, including changing ideas of nature and wilderness; representations of space and place; the deep ecology, ecofeminism and environmental justice movements; and the overall relation between human language and value and the non-human world. Attention also to cultural issues of ecology, such as how our ecological understandings affect our sense of identity and our social and economic practices. May include writers such as Thoreau, Abbey, Muir, Snyder, Aldo Leopold, Terry Tempest Williams, Leslie Marmon Silko and Mary Oliver. Also listed as ENG 205. (WI) (AY)

*ENST 210 OUTDOOR EDUCATION (3 credits)
Examines the foundational theory and practice of the field of Outdoor Education, including team building and group facilitation, experiential education theory, risk management, trip and lesson planning, psychological models of adventure, leadership studies, and diversity. Also listed as EDUC 210. (W)

ENST 240 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY (3 credits)
Introduces theoretical perspectives and practical case studies involved in environmental problems and problem solving while providing context and a foundation for the larger field of Environmental Studies. Multidisciplinary and integrated approach. Draws from the intellectual traditions and ways of knowing of predominantly the Social Sciences and Humanities in assessing environmental issues in historical and modern contexts. Prerequisite: Intended for students planning to major or minor in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, or consent of the instructor.

ENST 280 ENVIROMENTAL COLLOQUIUM (1 credit)
Environmentally-themed topics and readings. Opportunity for Environmental Science and Environmental Studies students to discuss a common text and topic. Recent themes: climate change, food ethics, agriculture and sustainable energy. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor(s) and Sophomore standing.

ENST 320 PEDAGOGIES OF PLACE (3 credits)
An introduction to environmental philosophy. Explores the formation of our relationship with the natural world and the roles of education and schooling. Concepts of nature, wilderness, ecology and environmentalism considered and critiqued in light of their functioning as "normative ideals" for a right relationship with the more than human world. Prerequisite: Previous courses in ENST or consent of the instructor. (AY)

ENST 321 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY I: CLIMATE (3 credits)
Examines the basic causes of global weirding (e.g., industrialization, electrification, transportation), the key impacts of global weirding (e.g., water scarcity, extreme weather events, rising sea level), mitigation strategies in various sectors (e.g., food production, water systems, and urban planning), and prominent policy solutions (e.g., carbon tax, cap and trade system, feed-in-tariffs, renewable energy portfolios, clean energy research and development). Students will engage in an extended simulation that will investigate the political constraints to adopting various policy solutions. Also listed as POLS 321. (AY)

ENST 322 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY II: ENERGY (3 credits)
Examine the energy crisis, investigating a broad range of technical and policy alternatives to solve the problem. Students will investigate basic energy science, peak oil, fossil fuel uses, energy efficiency, clean energy, smart grids, and the impacts of solving the energy crisis on our daily lives. Students will engage in a group project aimed at drafting a detailed policy brief assessing a specific energy problem. Also listed as POLS 322. (AY)

*ENST 323 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY III: INTERNATIONAL APPROACHES (3 credits)
Examines the climate and energy crises from an international perspective. Explores environmental policy approaches in the European Union, Japan, China, India, Mexico, and Brazil. Students will participate in a comprehensive simulation of an international climate conference, aimed at negotiating an agreement that includes both mitigation and adaptation commitments. Also listed as POLS 323. (D-I) (AY)

*ENST 327 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE ENVIRONMENT (4 credits)
Small-scale societies traditionally studied by anthropologists have become the "indigenous peoples" of the world. Under the jurisdiction of nation-states that consider them alien and inferior, they are among the world's most underprivileged minorities. Focuses on indigenous peoples in three nation-states of the British diaspora: Australia, Canada and the United States. Analyzes the following topics through an environmental lens: 1) traditional subsistence practices, 2) historical forces of colonization and 3) contemporary issues and struggles. Also listed as SOAN 327. (D-I) (AY)

ENST 343 ECONOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT (4 credits)
An examination of the role that economic analysis plays in understanding the environment and the policy frameworks that economics offers in the area of environmental regulation. Topics include an analysis of market failures, the cost-benefit framework and strategies related to environmental policy. A number of applications related to domestic and international environmental issues discussed. Prerequisite: ECON 100. Also listed as ECON 343. (AY)

*ENST 362 CULTURAL POLITICS OF ENVIRONMENT: GREAT LAKES REGION (4 credits)
Introduces the general field of environmental anthropology through in-depth examination of specific case studies in environmental issues. Focuses on the Great Lakes region; U.S. and Canadian social and political institutions and relations between the two nations provide crucial context for analyzing these environmental issues. Features a virtual ethnography project through which student groups research pollution hot spots around the Great Lakes. Also listed as SOAN 362. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (WI) (AY)

*ENST 363 BIOETHICS (4 credits)
Introduces students to the major theoretical discussions and practical actions in the field of bioethics, with a focus on the implications that these discourses and practices have for a diverse and multicultural world. Includes an introduction to essential bioethical terminology and to a breadth of ethical theories and perspectives. Specific topics covered may include: human subject research, genetic technologies, justice and health care allocation, end of life alternatives, and so on. Prerequisite: Second-year standing or above. Also listed as PHIL 363 and PAGS 363. (WI)

*ENST 373 INTERNATIONAL LAW II: INTERDEPENDENCE, ENVIRONMENT AND GLOBALIZATION (4 credits)
Surveys concepts and theories of international law and treaty interpretation, focusing on environmental problems and policy making in the global arena. Topics include the emergence of "the environment" as an issue in international politics, managing global common property resources, and sustainable trade and development. Prerequisite: POLS 170. Also listed as POLS 373. (D-I) (AY)

*ENST 481 FIELD EXPERIENCE (1 credit)
Provides a first-hand opportunity to integrate theory gained in the classroom with insights and experience into the workings of an organization gained in a field setting. Available only to declared Environmental Studies majors. Students must complete a Field Study application in consultation with their major adviser and complete 120 hours of work at an approved site of their choosing. Prerequisite: ENST 240. (IE)

ENST 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

ENST 488 SENIOR SEMINAR/CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 credits)
Integrates various approaches to Environmental Studies and asks students to review and reflect on what they learned during their major and how it prepares them for future education and/ or careers. Includes major collaborative Integrated Research Project on topic chosen collectively by students, combining experiential and text-based research, that culminates in a public report and presentation.  Prerequisite: Senior standing in the major.

 

New Zealand Program Courses

*ENST 315 ENVIROMENTAL ISSUES OF NEW ZEALAND (4 credits)
Provides an overview to the unique species and landscapes of this island country as well as its many environmental challenges. Topics vary but generally include natural history of New Zealand, island biogeography, conservation and restoration ecology, natural resource use and sustainability. Taught on the New Zealand semester program. (SI)

ENST 320 NEW ZEALAND FACULTY SEMINAR (4 credits)
Taught on the New Zealand semester by program faculty on an environmental topic of interest.

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