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Undergraduate: Environmental Humanities

  • Program Overview

    Environmental Humanities (EHM)

    The 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 sustainability core curriculum.  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.  

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Major and Minor in Environmental Humanities (EHM)

    Requirements for the Major in Environmental Humanities

    A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (30 credits)

    • AMS 102 Elements of Statistics
    • ANT 102 What Makes Us Human? 
    • EHM 202 Introduction to Environmental Humanities
    • GSS 105 Introduction to Maps and Mapping
    • POL 102 Introduction to American Government
    • SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability or ENS 101 Prospects for Planet Earth
    • SBC 201 Systems and Models
    • SBC 203 Critical Analysis
    • Two of the following:
      • ATM 201 Introduction to Climate and Climate Change
      • BIO 113 General Ecology
      • BIO 115 Evolution and Society
      • CHE/ENV 115 Chemistry, Environment and Life (Note: CHE 115, 129, 131, 141, or 152 may be substituted for CHE/ENV 115)
      • MAR 101 Long Island Sound Science and Use
      • MAR 104 Oceanography
      • EHM 118 Introduction to the Natural History of Long Island

    B. Core Courses (12-13 credits)

    • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication
    • CSK 305 Collective Action and Advocacy
    • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens or SBC 401 Integrative Collaborative Systems Studies
    • GSS 313/314 GIS Design and Applications I/GIS Laboratory or GIS 317 Geospatial Narratives

    C. Upper-Division Course Groups (24 credits)

    Group 1: Natural Sciences

    Choose one of the following:

    • ENV 304 Global Environmental Change
    • GEO 313 Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
    • MAR 392 Waste Management Issues

    Students are required to complete 21 credits total from the courses of Groups 2, 3, and 4. Select one course from each of Groups 2 and 3 and two courses from Group 4.  The remaining three courses may be selected from any one area or spread across areas as is most relevant to the student.  With the permission of the faculty advisor, students may do an independent study or research (SUS 487, SUS 488, or ANP 487) in place of 3 credits in groups 2, 3, or 4.

    Other classes may be substituted with permission of undergraduate director.

    Group 2: Writing and Literature

    • EHM 321 Utopia and Dystopia in the Environment in Literature and Culture
    • EHM 322 Ecofeminism, Lit, and Film
    • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
    • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media
    • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability (SUS 350 is a topics course, and may be applied to Groups 2, 3, or 4 with permission.)

    Group 3: Social Sciences

    • AFS 374 Environment and Development in African History
    • EHM 314 Civilizations and Collapse
    • EHM 315 Ethnographic Field Methods
    • EHM 323 Environmental Justice
    • EHM 386 The Maya
    • ENS 333 Environmental Law
    • SBC 307 American Environmental History
    • SBC 308 American Environmental Politics
    • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
    • SUS 343 Age of the Anthropocene
    • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability (SUS 350 is a topics course, and may be applied to Groups 2, 3, or 4 with permission.)

    Group 4: Digital Skills for the Humanities

    • SBC 117 Design and Drawing
    • EHM 325 Environmental Film, Media, Arts
    • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability (SUS 350 is a topics course, and may be applied to Groups 2, 3, or 4 with permission.) 

    Optional Study Abroad Experience (4-6 credits, may be taken to apply to Groups 2, 3, or 4 with permission)

    • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar
    • ANP 310 Environments, Ecosystems and Evolution: Evidence from the Turkana Basin
    • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar
    • ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution
    • EHM 316 Cuba and Sustainability

    D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

    Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. In addition to CSK 302, these skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required. To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two five-page typed papers with a letter grade of B+ or better from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the director of the EHM Undergraduate Program.

    Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    Note: 
    All 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.

    Study Abroad

    Stony Brook University offers study abroad experiences that are focused on issues of sustainability in Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Turkana Basin (Kenya). While issues of climate change, water and energy security, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, sustainable economic development, conservation of unique and threatened ecosystems, population growth, and human health are important everywhere, viewing these issues through the lens of a different place and a different culture provides a valuable perspective. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad experiences and to talk with their major director to determine how study abroad coursework can be used to fulfill some requirements for their major.

    Minor in Environmental Humanities

    The Environmental Humanities minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a foundation in the humanistic aspects of environmental studies and develop skills in one of Environmental Humanities core areas of study.

    Requirements for the Minor

    At least 12 credits applied to the minor may not be applied to any major or other minor within the Sustainability Studies Program or the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option. All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. 

    A. Required courses (12 credits)

    • SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies or ENS 101  Prospects for Planet Earth
    • EHM 202 Introduction to Environmental Humanities
    • SBC 203 Interpretation and Critical Analysis

    One of the following courses:

    • ATM 201 Introduction to Climate Change
    • BIO 113 General Ecology
    • BIO 115 Evolution and Society
    • ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, Environment(Note: CHE 115, 129, 131, 141, or 152 may be substituted for CHE/ENV 115)
    • MAR 101 Long Island Sound: Science and Use
    • MAR 104 Oceanography
    • EHM 118 Intro to the Natural History of Long Island

    B. Electives (9 credits)

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • GSS 317 Geospatial Narratives: Deep Mapping for Humanities and Social Sciences
    • SBC 117 Design and Drawing
    • EHM 325 Environmental Film, Media, Arts

    Choose two of the following courses:

    • AFS 374 Environment and Development in African History
    • ENS 333 Environmental Law
    • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
    • EHM 314 Civilizations and Collapse
    • EHM 315 Ethnographic Field Methods
    • SBC 307 American Environmental History
    • SBC 308 American Environmental Politics
    • EHM 321 Utopia and Dystopia in the Environment in Lit and Culture
    • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
    • EHM 323 Environmental Justice
    • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media
    • EHM 322 Ecofeminism, Lit, and Film
    • SUS 343 Age of the Anthropocene
    • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability
    • EHM 386 The Maya

    Declaration of the Minor

    Students should declare the Environmental Humanities minor no later than the middle of their junior year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Environmental Humanities

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    SBC 111 3
    MAT 122 or MAT 118 3
    SBC 113, SBC 118, ENV 115, or MAR 194 3
    CSK 100-level selection #1 1
     Total 14
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    CSK 100-level selection #2 1
    ANT 102 or ANT 104 3
    EHM 201 4
    POL 102  3
     Total 15
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    SBC 203 3
    CSK 100-level selection #3 1
    SBC 116 3
    SBC 104 3
    EHM 118 4
    Selection Core Courses Group C  3
     Total 17
     
    SPRING Credits
    Selection Core Courses Group A 3
    Selection Core Courses Group B  3
    Foreign Language or elective 3-4
    Course Course Selection Group A-C #1  3
    SBC  3
     Total 15-16
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    Core Course Selection Group A-C #2 3
    Core Course Selection Group A-C #3 3
    Foreign Language or elective 3-4
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
    Total  15-16
     
    SPRING Credits
    Selection Core Courses Group B 3
    Selection Core Courses Group C
    Core Course Selection Group A-C #1
    Foreign Language or elective 3-4
    Elective 3
     Total 15-16 
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    Upper-division SBC  3
    Upper-division SBC   3 
    Upper-division SBC  3
    Internship/Research
    Elective/Fieldwork
     3
    Core Course Selection Group A-C #6  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    SBC 401 3
    Upper-division  Elective  3
    Upper-division  Elective   3 
    Upper-division SBC  3
    Upper-division SBC  3
     Total 15

     

  • Contact

    Environmental Humanities

    Major and minor in Environmental Humanities

    Director: Dr. David Taylor

    Email: david.j.taylor@stonybrook.edu  

    Program Office: W0511 Melville Library

    Phone: (631) 632-9404

    Web address: https://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/education/undergraduate/undergraduate-degrees/bachelor-of-arts-in-environmental-humanities/ 

     

     

     

     

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