BA in Environmental Humanities

ehmglobe.jpgThe Environmental Humanities major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, draws together a range of disciplines to explore human understanding and interpretation of nature. The curriculum integrates disciplines from social sciences and the humanities including: writing, literature, philosophy, history, anthropology, archaeology, and art and architectural history.

The major prepares students to lead efforts to revitalize public understanding of the natural world through nature education, museum work, community organizing, literacy education, advocacy, business, writing and the arts. They may also choose to pursue advanced degrees in literature, journalism, education, social work, the arts, the social sciences and law.

The major builds on the interdisciplinary core curriculum offered at Stony Brook University's Sustainability Program.  Students will enroll in major-specific courses in their junior and senior year.  As part of the degree requirements, students will work in teams with students enrolled in related majors to solve problems collaboratively. Students are encouraged to take advantage of local and international independent research opportunities, internships and field camps to gain real-world experience. 


Note: One course passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

Please click here for the Major Checklist of courses for the EHM major.  To contact the faculty director of the major please email:

To find out more about jobs relating to this major, please click here to visit the Career Center webpage for the EHM major.

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A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (31-33 credits)

EHM 201-D Ecoaesthetics in Art (3 credits)
MAT 118-C Mathematical Thinking OR MAT 122-C Overview of Calculus with Applications (3 credits)
POL 102-F4 Introduction to American Government (3 credits) 
PHI 104-B Introduction to Moral Reasoning (3 credits)
SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability (3 credits)
SBC 116 Human Geography (3 credits)
SBC 203-G Critical Analysis (3 credits)
ANT 102-F Introduction to Cultural Anthropology OR ANT 104-F Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits)

Two of the following: 
SBC 113-E/114 Physical Geography and lab
ENV 115-E Chemistry, Environment and Life 
MAR 104-E Oceanography
BIO 201 Organisms to Ecosystems
EHM 118-E Introduction to the Natural History of Long Island

B. Career and Leadership Skills (3 credits)

Three courses selected from the following: (1 credit each)

CSK 101 Advocacy & Change
CSK 102 Working in Teams
CSK 104 Conflict Resolution
CSK 105 Leadership
CSK 106 Communication Methods and Strategies
CSK 107 Assessment


C. Core Courses (21-22 credits):

Students are required to select 3 credits from each group (A-C). 
The remaining 12-13 credits may be selected from one area of concentration, or spread across all three areas.  An internship or independent study may be completed in any of the three core areas and as many as 3 credits may be applied to replace one of the courses.

  • GROUP A: Writing, Literature and Philosophy

    EHM 310-K Beyond Eden: Contact Narratives, Origins and Sin (3 credits)
    SBC 321-G Ecology and Evolution in American Literature (3 credits)
    SBC 325-G Environmental Writing and the Media (3 credits)
    SBC 330-G Extreme Events (3 credits)
    SBC 331-G City, Suburb and Sprawl (3 credits)
    SUS 366 or PHI 366 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
    SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability

  • GROUP B: Social Sciences

    ANT 201 Peoples and Cultures of South America (3 credits)
    ANT 357 The Agricultural Revolution (3 credits)
    ANT 362 Long Island Archaeology (3 credits)
    ANT 381 Applied Anthropology (3 credits)
    EHM 314-J Civilizations and Collapse (3 credits)
    EHM 315 Ethnographic Methods (3 credits)
    HIS 321 Long Island History (3 credits)
    SBC 307-K American Environmental History (3 credits)
    SBC 308 American Environmental Politics (3 credits)
    SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics (3 credits)
    SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective (3 credits)
    SBC 312 Environment, Society and Health (3 credits)
    SUS 305-F Collective Action and Sustainability (3 credits)

  • GROUP C: Applied Environmental Aesthetics

    SBC 117 Design Drawing (3 credits)
    SBC 354 Drawing for Design—CAD (3 credits)
    ARS 205 Foundation—Idea and Form (3 credits)
    ARH 205 Introduction to Architecture (3 credits)
    EHM 320 Artists and Designers of the Environment and Ecosystems (3 credits)
    EHM 330-J The Household in Non-Western Society (3 credits)
    EHM 331-J Precolumbian Urbanism (3 credits)
    SBC 200 History of Human Settlements and Long Island’s Development (3 credits)
    EDP 307 Theory and Design of Human Settlement (3 credits)

    With permission of the Program Director, a student is allowed to take SBC 487 Independent Study or SBC 488 Internship in lieu of any one course in any core area (with a max of 3 credits applied to the major requirements).

D. Systems Course (3 credits)

SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project (3 credits)

E. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. To meet the writing requirement, all students must take CSK 302. Additionally, students must submit two five-page papers with the grade of B+ or better from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the faculty advisor of the EHM major.


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