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.

There are 6 required courses for the minor:

  • BIOL 108 Environmental Biology

  • One course, chosen from the following:
    • PHYS 107 Energy Enviro or PHYS 108 Meteorology
    • CHEM 105 Toxic Chem in Society
    • CHEM 108 Chemistry of Environment
    • CHEM 110 Chemical Concepts
    • BIOL 109 Water Res & Enviro Issues
    • BIOL 349 Wildlife Biology

  • One course, chosen from the following:
    • ECON 212 Enviro Econ
    • GVFA 234 Enviro Politics Policy

  • Two courses, from different departments, chosen from the following:
    • ENGL 199 American Nature Writing
    • ECON 212 Enviro Econ (if not used for requirement c above)
    • GVFA 234 Enviro Politics Policy (if not used for requirement c above)
    • RELI 103 (Intro World Religions) or 225 (Christian Ethics)
    • *Prior committee approval* HIST 299 Introduction to Historical Methods (only in semesters when the topic is Environmental History)
    • *Prior committee approval* RHET 360 Topics in Rhetorical Traditions or RHET 370 Rhetoric and Culture (only in semesters when environmental focus; typically taught Dr. Deal)

  • For seniors only, in the spring semester before graduation:
    • INDS 372 Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar

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

Dr. Rachel Goodman
108 Gilmer Hall | Box 74
Hampden-Sydney College
(434) 223-6705

updated 7/12/2018