The Environmental Studies Minor prepares students to understand and respond to the critical environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. With only one earth, whose resources are rapidly being exhausted by an ever-increasing population’s consumption, the vocation of the “good man and good citizen” is to come to a critical understanding of the environmental issues involved and to envision strategic responses of sustainability and trusteeship. Consistent with the interdisciplinary character of Hampden-Sydney College’s liberal arts tradition, the minor draws perspectives on the environment from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The minor requires students to complete coursework in each division so that they can appreciate the multi-dimensional character of the environment as viewed through scientific, political and economic, literary, and ethical and religious lenses. The minor is coordinated by a steering committee from disciplines which mirror these diverse perspectives.

Students with a particular interest in environmental studies may elect to follow, in addition to the regular academic major, a coherent pattern of courses oriented to the environment. Students are introduced to both the scientific and the humanistic dimensions of environmental issues.

The requirements for the minor are

  1. Biology 108; 
  2. one course chosen from Physics 107, 108; Chemistry 105, 108, 110; Biology 109, 349
  3. one course chosen from Economics 212 or Government and Foreign Affairs 234;
  4. two courses, from two different departments, chosen from English 199; Religion 103, 225; Economics 212 (if not used to satisfy part (c)); Government and Foreign Affairs 234 (if not used to satisfy part (c)); and 
  5. Interdisciplinary Studies 372. Provided the section is focused entirely on environmental history or issues, History 299, Rhetoric 360, and Rhetoric 370 may be applied to part (d) with prior approval.

There are also extracurricular programs and internships. Students interested in the minor should consult the coordinator, Professor Goodman.

Dr. Celia Carroll Jones
Morton Hall, 319
(434) 223-6243

updated 6/28/19