Environmental Studies & Policy Major Curriculum

The policy-makers of the future will need to be highly skilled experts in their specific fields. Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Environmental Studies & Policy classes beginning in your first semester, so you have more time to hone your skills and learn the intricacies of the challenges we face. Your classes, coupled with work experience through internships, will make you a desirable job candidate in this urgently in-demand profession.

This program has built-in flexibility to allow you to take a minor, such as Marketing, Business Administration, Communication, Organizational Innovation, Global Studies or Law, creating a powerful advantage for you in the marketplace.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? The Environmental Studies & Policy faculty built the curriculum so you can study abroad without getting behind on required courses for your major.

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Environmental Studies & Policy Curriculum 2019–2020


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Environmental Issues
(ENP 100)

Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Introduction to Psychology
(PSY 100)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Environmental History: Traditions and Possibilities
(ENP 150)

Environmental Earth Science
(SCI 150)

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Sustainability & Environmental Policy
(ENP 200)

Research Methods in Social Work
(SWK 280)

Foundations of Ecology
(SCI 210)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Second Semester

Environmental Policy & Globalization
(ENP 250)

Food Systems and Policy
(ENP 270)

Survey of Economics
(ECN 110)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Talk to your advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your 3rd year.


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Environmental Justice
(ENP 310)

Environmental Law
(ENP 360)

Advanced Environmental Science
(SCI 310)

1-Credit Elective

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Place-Based Environmental Study
(ENP 300)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Environmental Studies & Policy Elective

Minor or General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Environmental Policy Assessment and Development
(ENP 400)

Ecological Economics
(ENP 410)

Environmental Decision Making
(ENP 450)

Minor or General Elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410ENP)

Environmental Policy Internship
(ENP 490)

Minor or General Elective

Minor or General Elective