Apr 12, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies Minor

The minor consists of a minimum of 6 full courses (or the equivalent).

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the minor.

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Note(s) on Requirements

  • Two or more of the courses applied to the minor must be at the 200-level or above.

Declaring the 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 hope to achieve by pursuing the minor and should describe how courses taken and planned provide a cohesive focus that contributes to fulfilling these goals.

Transfer of Credit Toward the Minor

At least three of the six full courses completed for the ENVS minor must be taken at Oberlin; no more than three study away or transfer courses will count towards the ENVS minor. Students planning to study away for more than a single semester must get approval from their advisor and the program chair.

Advanced Placement Credit

ENVS 101 , an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes a social science perspective, is strongly recommended for all ENVS minors. However, minors or intended minors with AP credits who wish to be exempted from taking ENVS 101 at Oberlin College may do so if they meet the following conditions:

  • Score a 5 on the Advanced Placement Environmental Science examination;
  • As a replacement for ENVS 101, take one upper-level ARHU and SSCI elective course in addition to the minor’s other requirements.

Detailed Minor Requirements

Environmental Studies Minor Course Lists

Arts and Humanities (ARHU) and Social Sciences (SSCI) Elective Courses

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Social Sciences (SSCI) Elective Courses

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