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Environmental Studies Summer Minor Program (Summer 2022)

Program Director Laura McKinney



Environmental justice is one of the keys to a more equitable society. In the Environmental Studies Summer Minor Program, we’ll explore how to preserve our communities and defend against rising seas, oil and resource extraction, water and air pollution, and hurricanes.

This program takes advantage of the summer months to dig deeper—literally—into urgent environmental issues, as Program Director Laura McKinney (the recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to expand the department!) brings students to work within a local community garden of natural medicinals with Seventh Ward Development and FARMacia.

Minor Requirements

The EVST minor is comprised of one introductory course, three designated electives, and one capstone course, for a total of 16 credits. Students focus their study on key environmental issues facing local communities through the tier-2 service learning capstone.

Requirements for a minor in EVST are (four 3-credit courses plus one 4-credit course) as follows:

  • EVST 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • EVST 4210 (tier-2 service learning) Environmental and Social Justice (pre-requisite: EVST 1010)
  • Three electives from approved EVST major classes offering list

Required Course:

  • EVST 4210 Environmental and Social Justice
  • Required tier-2 service learning. In this class, students will work with a community partner to implement a project that will address issues of environmental and social justice in a community context. Credit Hours: 4.

This entire minor can be completed within one summer.

Summer Program 2022 Course Offerings:

  • EVST 3950 / COMM 3730 Race, Nature & Disaster (3 credits)

    Instructor: Clare Daniel
    May 31-July 01 (online) (Last day to add is June 3!)
    M-F 11:00-12:30 pm
    Optional: 20-hour service-learning component (EVST 3890)

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

    Cross-Registered with: COMM 3730 (3 credits)
    Optional: 20-hour service-learning component (COMM 3981), to fulfill the NTC Service Learning core curriculum requirement.

    This course fulfills the NTC Race and Inclusion core curriculum requirement.

  • EVST 4210-01 Environmental & Social Justice in NOLA (4 credits)

    Instructor: Christopher Oliver
    May 31-July 01 (hybrid) (Last day to add is June 3!)
    M-F 3:30-5:15 pm
    Mandatory: 40-hour service-learning component (EVST 4890)

    This class offers students a rare opportunity to study key health and environmental justice issues facing local communities. Partnering with the 7th Ward Development organization, FARMacia, students will complete Tier-2 Service Learning requirement. 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 food justice issues in the neighborhood.

    This course fulfills the curriculum requirement for the Environmental Studies Minor.
    This course fulfills the NTC Tier-2 Service Learning core curriculum requirement.

  • COMM 3520 Special Topics: Environmental Crisis in World Cinema (3 or 4 credits)

    Instructor: Antonio Gómez
    July 05-August 05 (online) (Last day to add is July 8!)
    M-F 11:00-12:30 pm
    Optional: NTC/SLA Writing Practicum (+1 credit option)

    In this course, we will watch, analyze and discuss fictional and documentary American, Latin American, European, and East Asian films on environmental disaster, environmental rights, ecological crisis, and climate change. All films will be approached from an ecological perspective, considering how they represent and address the environmental crisis in terms of raising consciousness and promoting activism, as well as how they themselves contribute to the crisis through shooting, production, and distribution practices.

    This course fulfills the NTC Global Perspectives core curriculum requirement.
    The optional Writing Practicum fulfills the NTC/SLA Tier-2 core curriculum requirement.

  • ENLS 3630 Environmental Writing (4 credits)

    Instructor: Antonia Juhasz
    July 05-August 05 (hybrid) (Last day to add is July 8!)
    M-F 2:00-3:30 pm

    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 will have opportunities to contribute to public debates focused on various environmental issues.

    This course fulfills the NTC Textual and Historical Perspectives core curriculum requirement.
    This course fulfills the SLA Writing Intensive requirement.

  • EVST 3310-01 Approaches to Environmental Studies (3 credits)

    Instructor: Nicole Katin
    May 16-May 27 (in-person) (Course is no longer available for registration)
    M-F 9:30-1:30 pm

    This course will enable students to use empirical (data-based) and conceptual (idea-based) tools to shed light on environmental issues and their relationships with human societies. Throughout the course, we will focus on identifying research questions to design research methodologies, carry out research, and analyze research findings. Students will gain competency in the four levels necessary for environmental analysis (data, methods, theories, and frameworks), key skills for ecological research.

    This course fulfills the curriculum requirement for both the Environmental Studies Major and Environmental Studies Minor.

Register today! Current Tulane students can enroll now. Non-Tulane visiting undergraduates can apply now.
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