A “Big Picture” View
Because environmental issues are always also social issues, understanding them requires knowledge of natural and human social systems, and how they interact. Hiram’s Environmental Studies major and minor are specially designed to help students integrate the diverse knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and addressing complex socio-environmental problems.
The core of the program includes training in:
- natural systems
- human social systems
- communicating about complex interdependent systems
- relevant practical skills
In addition, Environmental Studies majors identify one of three areas of emphasis—Natural Systems, Human Social Systems, or Communicating Complexity—that best matches their interests and personal and professional goals. With the help of an advisor, each student crafts a personalized combination of elective courses in that area.
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