Karl Offen, Professor of Environmental Studies; Program Director
Paul Brehm, Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Janet Fiskio, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies
Kip G. Hutchins, Visiting Instructor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Anthropology and Environmental/East Asian Studies
Swapna Pathak, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
John E. Petersen, Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology
Chie Sakakibara, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Md Rumi Shammin, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
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The Environmental Studies (ES) Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human interactions with the environment. Faculty in Environmental Studies are engaged in research and teaching that span climate change, energy systems, systems ecology, natural resources and conflict, indigenous environmental issues, political ecology, environmental economics, environmental humanities, environmental justice, food and agriculture, urban sustainability, US environmental policy, and global environmental issues and politics. They collaborate with indigenous, African diaspora, and Asian communities, as well as with local, county, and “Rust Belt” communities in the Great Lakes bioregion.
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Our introductory Environment and Society (ENVS 101) course, which is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes a social science perspective, is strongly recommended for all ES majors. However, majors or intended majors with AP credits who wish to be exempted from taking ENVS101 at Oberlin College may do so under the following circumstances:
- Must score a 5 on AP Environmental Science; and
- Must take an additional upper-level social science or humanities course from the program’s list of approved courses as a substitute for ENVS 101.
Declaring the Environmental Studies Major
The major should be declared by the end of a student’s sophomore year or earlier. Students interested in declaring an ES major should proceed according to the following sequence:
- Carefully read through the “Course Requirements for the Major” and the “Curricular Pathways Requirements” sections below.
- From the ES Program Office or the program’s web page, obtain the “ES Major Flowchart,” “Checklist of ES Major Requirements,” and “Curricular Pathways for Environmental Studies Majors” documents. After reviewing these documents, contact a potential ES advisor, and schedule a time to discuss the major. The current list of advisors is available from the ES Program Office and the ES web site. Please contact the Program Office for assistance with finding an advisor.
- In consultation with your advisor, discuss your interests and identify an appropriate area of interest within the major. Complete the Registrar’s Declaration of Major form along with the Checklist of ES Major Requirements.
- Submit these forms, signed by your advisor, to the ES Program Office. These documents, when approved by the Program Director, constitute an agreement between you and the ES Program as to the content of your major.
Declaring the Environmental Studies Minor
A student interested in a focused, but less extensive, study of the environment may pursue a minor in Environmental Studies by submitting a one-page rationale to the program director along with a completed “Declare Initial Minor” form obtained from the Registrar.
An applicant’s rationale statement should clearly explain the goals that they hopes to achieve by pursuing the minor and should describe how courses taken and planned provide a cohesive focus that contributes to fulfilling these goals.
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Majors and Minors
- ENVS 101 - Environment and Society
- ENVS 201 - Introduction to Environmental Humanities
- ENVS 208 - Environmental Policy
- ENVS 209 - Environmental Repair
- ENVS 209OC - Environmental Repair
- ENVS 215 - Introduction to Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
- ENVS 218 - Dissent
- ENVS 219 - Climate Change
- ENVS 220 - Global Agriculture and Food Production
- ENVS 222 - Environmental Issues Beyond Borders
- ENVS 228 - Global Indigenous Health
- ENVS 230 - Environmental Justice and Local Knowledge
- ENVS 231 - Environmental Economics
- ENVS 244 - Society and Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean
- ENVS 246 - Practicum in Community Climate Resilience Planning in the City of Oberlin
- ENVS 256 - Practicum in Green Building Technology, Information, and Systems
- ENVS 301 - Community Engagement and Public Humanities
- ENVS 302 - American Agricultures
- ENVS 315 - Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change
- ENVS 316 - Ecosystem Ecology
- ENVS 322 - Energy and Society
- ENVS 323 - Seminar: Global Environmental Politics
- ENVS 324 - Seminar: Natural Resources and Conflict
- ENVS 327 - Indigenous Environmentalism
- ENVS 330 - Africatown Immersion
- ENVS 331 - Natural Resource Economics
- ENVS 332 - Energy Economics
- ENVS 336 - Practicum in Agroecology at the George Jones Farm Part 1
- ENVS 337 - Practicum in Agroecology at the George Jones Farm Part 2
- ENVS 338 - Practicum in Agroecology Summer
- ENVS 340 - Systems Modeling: Systems Thinking
- ENVS 342 - Political Ecology
- ENVS 354 - Practicum in Environmental Communication
- ENVS 355F - Practicum in Sustainable Technology, Behavior and Community
- ENVS 355H - Practicum in Sustainable Technology, Behavior and Community
- ENVS 356 - Practicum in Resource Analysis and Conservation in the Buildings
- ENVS 390 - Sustainable Cities
- ENVS 429 - Seminar: Behavioral Economics and the Environment
- ENVS 430 - Environmental Justice Methodologies
- ENVS 432 - Seminar in Energy and Environmental Economics
- ENVS 436 - Seminar: Valuation of Environmental Amenities
- ENVS 501F - Research Env St (ARHU) - Full
- ENVS 501H - Research in Environmental Studies (ARHU) - Half
- ENVS 502F - Research in Environmental Studies (ARHU) - Full
- ENVS 502H - Research in Environmental Studies (ARHU) - Half
- ENVS 503F - Research in Environmental Studies (NSMA) - Full
- ENVS 503H - Research in Environmental Studies (NSMA) - Half
- ENVS 504F - Research in Environmental Studies (NSMA) - Full
- ENVS 504H - Research in Environmental Studies (NSMA) - Half
- ENVS 505F - Research in Environmental Studies (SSCI) - Full
- ENVS 505H - Research in Environmental Studies (SSCI) - Half
- ENVS 506F - Research in Environmental Studies (SSCI) - Full
- ENVS 506H - Research in Environmental Studies (SSCI) - Half
- ENVS 942B - Nature, Culture, London: In, Around, Below, Above, Before, & After the City
- ENVS 957 - Climate Change and London: Vulnerability, Mitigation, Adaptation & Resilience
- ENVS 958B - Climate Change & Community Resilience in London
- ENVS 995F - Private Reading - Full
- ENVS 995H - Private Reading - Half