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Environmental Studies Summer Minor Program

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Environmental justice is one of the keys to a more equal society and vital to preserving communities against rising seas, oil and resource extraction, water and air pollution, and hurricanes. This program takes advantage of the summer months to dig deeper into these interconnections, literally, as Program Director Laura McKinney brings students to work on a community garden of natural medicinals with Seventh Ward Development and FARMacia.

Beginning with a methods course in May, the four electives in the program connect the local to the global by exploring health and environmental justice through writing, service learning, and the lenses of race and inclusion. All courses may be used in the Environmental Studies major. Take all courses and receive our new minor in Environmental Studies.

Courses Include:

  • ENLS 3630: Environmental Writing

    Dates: July 06-August 06, (5 weeks) MTWRF, 12:30-2:00 PM
    Tuition: $4,560 (4 credits)
    Instructor: Nathan Jessee

    In this course, students will examine and produce written and visual texts that explain urgent environmental issues, including environmental racism, climate change, biodiversity loss, and disasters. Students will participate in structured workshops focused on different aspects of the writing process and have opportunities to contribute to public debates focused on a variety of environmental issues. — Meets Tier 2 Writing Requirement.

  • EVST 3310: Approaches to Environmental Studies

    Dates: May 17-May 28 (2 weeks) MTWRF, 9:30-1:30 PM
    Tuition: $3,420 (3 credits)
    Instructor: Nicole Katin

    This course will enable students to use both empirical (data-based) and conceptual (idea-based) tools to shed light on environmental issues and their relationships with human societies. Throughout this course we will focus on how to identify research questions to design research methodologies, to carry out research, and to analyze research findings. Students will gain competency in the four levels necessary for environmental analysis (data, methods, theories, and frameworks), skills that are key to doing environmental research. This is a core requirement for the EVST major, and minor.

  • EVST 4210: Special Topics: Social and Environmental Justice in New Orleans

    Dates: June 01-July 02 (5 weeks) MTWRF, 10:00-11:30 AM
    Tuition: $4,560 (4 credits)
    Instructor: Laura McKinney

    This class offers students a rare opportunity to have focused study on key health and environmental justice issues facing local communities. Partnering with the 7th Ward Development organization, FARMacia, students will complete tier 2 service-learning requirements. The students will work with FARMacia to build a learning garden of local, medicinal plants to address key health concerns and lack of healthcare access among community members as well as a community garden to address issues of food justice in the neighborhood. Fulfills the Tier 2 Service-Learning Requirement.

  • EVST 3952: Special Topics: Community Health and Environmental Justice

    Dates: June 01-July 02 (5 weeks), MTWRF, 2:00-3:30 PM
    Tuition: $3,420 (3 credits)
    Instructor: Aysha Bodenhamer (Radford University)

    This course focuses on extractive industries and their consequential health outcomes in the Gulf Coast and Appalachia. Students will receive a unique, one-time opportunity to compare the oil industry’s ties to “cancer alley” with Appalachian coal and natural gas “sacrifice zones.” Counts as an elective for the EVST major. Online only.

  • EVST 3950/COMM 3810: Race, Nature, and Disaster

    Dates: July 06-August 06, (5 weeks) MTWRF, 3:00-4:30 PM
    Tuition: $3,420 (3 credits)
    Instructor: Clare Daniel

    This interdisciplinary course examines the intersections of race, politics, and environmental and biological disaster. We will look at how ideas about race in the U.S. have shaped and been shaped by social policy, global politics and economics, and U.S. foreign policy, and investigate how certain populations within and outside the U.S. become disproportionately vulnerable to wide-scale disaster. Readings and discussions focus on the human-made dimensions biological disasters, such as the typhus, the bubonic plague, HIV/AIDS, the cholera outbreak in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and the current COVID-19 crisis.

    In thinking about how vulnerability is created and maintained according to a racial logic, we will interrogate the following questions: How is the construct of “nature” framed in opposition to “humanity”? How do claims to objective knowledge about nature operate in political realms? In what ways has the nature/humanity binary informed the construction of racial categories and racism? How do ideas of nature serve to obscure the complex intersections of environmental and social factors in our daily realities? How do discussions of crisis and disaster (in other words, exceptional situations) serve to authorize extreme measures? How do certain versions of international humanitarianism deny the global interconnectedness of nation-states and the culpability of those giving aid in the dire circumstances of those receiving it?

    This course fulfills the race and inclusion requirement.

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For additional information about School of Liberal Arts Summer Programs, please contact Kendre Paige.

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