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The MA in Environmental Humanities is currently a proposed program with an anticipated start date of 2014.

The MA in Environmental Humanities will provide the humanities-based skill sets and perspectives that will empower students to make better decisions and provide more effective leadership regarding the culturally, morally, and ecologically complex environmental issues the world faces today and in the future. The program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in science/natural resources, humanities, or policy and for trained professionals in environment-related management positions. The degree teaches skills and understandings: students will study practical moral reasoning, critical thinking, effective communication (including writing), collaborative decision-making, and community leadership. Students will gain a deep understanding of the diverse cultural, moral, historical, and spiritual dimensions of environmental decisions.

Graduates will be prepared for leadership positions in environmental non-governmental organizations, government and land agencies, advocacy groups, corporations and other careers that require scientific background and the strong skill sets and humanistic understandings essential to wise decisions in a complicated world.

The Environmental Humanities MA will educate students from science and humanities, as well as natural resource professionals, to become future solution-oriented leaders of environmental organizations and the environmental movement.

                              

Collaborative Team Teaching

Faculty affiliated with The Environmental Humanities Inititative create new structures for teaching and connections among ideas that integrate scientific knowledge with the understanding and skills of the humanities. These connections and integrations help students become leaders in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing cultural and technical world. The Environmental Humanities Inititative guides students and colleagues to:

  • reach decisions in the face of uncertainty and rapid change
  • use the skills of moral reasoning to draw conclusions from facts and values
  • understand the cultural and historical contexts of decisions and the drivers of human behaviors
  • think critically about the implications of knowledge and policies
  • appreciate the aesthetic and spiritual foundations of human actions
  • speak and write clear and cogent narratives about how we should meet the allied social and environmental challenges of the future

 

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