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Environmental Studies Program Minors

The Environmental Studies Program houses three minors:

  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Humanities.
  • Food Studies

Read more below about each minor to find the one that best fits your interests!

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Environmental Studies

About the Minor

The Environmental Studies Minor is strongly interdisciplinary, with a particular focus on social sciences, policy studies, environmental design, and the humanities, while also providing a foundation in the natural sciences.

Requirements

  • Three (3) lower-division required courses
  • Five (5) upper-division elective courses
  • Total credits: 32

Letter grades of C- or better must be earned in all courses applied to the minor.  At least 16 of the 32 credits must be taken at the University of Oregon. Students can count up to two upper division courses from their major department.  Students may work with their Tykeson Advisor to submit a petition to substitute an upper division ENVS course for one of the lower division requirements.

Advising & Declaration

Environmental studies students work with Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors in the Scientific Discovery and Sustainability (SDS) Flight Path through Tykeson College and Career Advising. See an SDS advisor to declare this minor.

Program Contact

ENVS Undergraduate Coordinator, Sophie Bybee: sbybee@uoregon.edu.

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Environmental Humanities

About the Minor

For more information, see the Center for Environmental Futures Website.

The Environmental Humanities Minor focuses on how humanities disciplines and the arts can contribute to understandings of environmental change; environmental ethics and politics; environmental justice; climate justice; and equitable, sustainable futures.

Requirements

  • One (1) lower-division required course
  • One (1) lower or upper division elective course
  • Four (4) upper-division elective courses
  • Total credits: 24

Letter grades of C or better must be earned in all courses applied to the minor. All upper-division credits must be taken at the University of Oregon. (“In residency” includes UO study abroad courses.) Only two courses taken for the minor may be used to fulfill another minor, certificate, or major. No more than two courses for the Environmental Humanities minor may have the same subject code, with the exception of ENVS, which can be two courses beyond the required ENVS 203.

ENVH Minor Requirements (links to webpage, scroll down to see required classes)

Advising & Declaration

Environmental humanities students work with Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors in the Public Policy, Society, and Identity (PPSI) Flight Path through Tykeson College and Career Advising. See a PPSI advisor to declare this minor.

Program Contact

ENVS Undergraduate Coordinator, Sophie Bybee: sbybee@uoregon.edu.

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Food Studies

About the Minor

For more information, see the Food Studies Website.

The Food Studies Minor provides a holistic and broadly interdisciplinary examination of food’s central place in the human experience by combining classroom and experiential work, suitable for students from a wide range of disciplines.

Requirements

  • Three (3) lower-division required courses
  • Two (2) upper-division elective courses
  • One (1) 400-level capstone course
  • Total credits: 24

Letter grades of C- or better must be earned in all courses applied to the minor.  All upper-division credits must be taken at the University of Oregon. (“In residency” includes UO study abroad courses.) Students can count up to two upper division courses from their major department. No more than three courses with the same subject heading will count for the minor (including ENVS).

Advising & Declaration

Environmental humanities students work with Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors in the Health Communities (HC) Flight Path through Tykeson College and Career Advising. See an HC advisor to declare this minor.

Program Contact

Food Studies Coordinator: foodstudies@uoregon.edu.