Student Learning Outcomes
Critical Thinking, Writing and Communication Skills
- Students will be able to analyze representations of key concepts from environmental science, policy and values as they appear in mass media, society, literature, theory and/or empirical scholarship.
- Students will be able to elucidate the key points of a complex article or research work in environmental studies, and to critique the theoretical framework, methodology and findings of that study.
- Students will be able to appreciate the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and/or ethical) variables that contribute to environmental degradation and to consider critical thought and responsive activism toward resolving environmental problems.
- Students will be able to demonstrate ability to effectively present research to professional and lay audiences in written and oral form.
Understanding the Content and Context of ES
- Students will be able to appreciate the history and key concepts of environmental studies as a field linking disciplines together and tying scholarship to activism and the resolution of environmental problems.
- Students will be able to understand the relationship between environmental studies research and field/application settings, and to document and reflect on one's individual fieldwork and/or civic engagement as related to environmental studies concepts and goals.
- Students will be able to access and assess a complex literature base on a specific environmental studies topic, and to evaluate the usefulness and limitations of individual sources for that specific topic.
- Students will be able to design and complete a research project that illuminates an environmental studies topic in a fresh way and includes original interpretation of data collected.
Course-Specific Learning Outcomes
Each of our courses has specific student learning outcomes as does our program as a whole. View the following courses below to find out what they are.
- Environmental Studies 101: Seminar in Environmental Studies
- Environmental Studies 243: Introduction to Nature Writing
- Environmental Studies 244: Japanese Nature Writing
- Environmental Studies 260: Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies 261: Environment and Society
- Environmental Studies 282: Environment, Community and Values
- Environmental Studies 370: Environmental Science, Policy and Problem Solving
- Environmental Studies 490: Senior Seminar