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Environmental Studies Summer Program (Summer 2018)

The environmental studies program is excited to offer a four-week intensive summer program to help students meet degree requirements in a fun, interactive learning style. The summer program is comprised of two courses: Ecology & Society and Environmental Justice in Action. The courses are synergistically designed to complement each other in innovative and creative ways. Students enrolled in this dynamic and unique summer program in New Orleans will receive 6 credit hours at the 4000 level and fulfill the Tier Two Service Learning requirement. In addition, those following former EVST major requirements (declared EVST prior to July 1,2016), will also satisfy the EVST capstone requirement, and two EVST distribution or elective requirements (the conservation and distribution of living things, and the problems and potentialities of built environments). Those majors falling under the new EVST requirements will satisfy the methods course requirement and one EVST elective course required from the School of Liberal Arts. The program is open to all undergraduates who have completed their freshman year.

Dates: May 21-June 15
Credit hours: 6, students must register for all 6 credit hours
Cost: $4800

SOCI 4610: Ecology & Society
In April of 2010 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, burned, and released 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico; in March of 2011 the nuclear disaster at Fukushima resulted in over 800 tons of radioactive toxic waste pouring into the Pacific Ocean. We do not know the full extent of damage and devastation resulting from such tragedies. For example, how does pollution impact local food systems and human health? What can humanity do to confront global climate change and species extinction, and why is social inequality exacerbated by these looming ecological crises? What are the environmental origins of economic instability and financial meltdowns? From local disasters to global crises, this course explores the grave consequences to human development springing from ecological catastrophes and the ways in which wellbeing, social equality, and economic advance are intimately linked to the environment.
Instructor: Professor Laura McKinney, Department of Sociology

EVST 4510: Environmental Justice in Action
This service-learning course enriches students’ understanding of doing environmental justice in the local community. Students will acquire and enact environmental activism and advocacy skills in collaboration with environmentally-focused organizations and nonprofits in the greater New Orleans area. Our community partners are highly-respected locally and beyond for their legacy as champions of environmental and social justice. Establishing contact with professionals at the helm of these organizations provides students the opportunity to work in concert with local heroes who have crusaded against environmental inequality in the Gulf Coast region for years. The students will gain hands-on, real-world experience with environmental activism and make critical networking contacts for environmental advocacy.
Instructor: Professor Laura McKinney, Department of Sociology

For more information: Contact Professor Laura McKinney (