The Environmental Humanities (EH) minor examines the ways in which human cultures shape and are shaped by the natural world. Combining the interpretive tools of humanistic inquiry with the perspectives of natural and social sciences, the program prepares students to understand and address the environmental challenges of our time.
The EH minor is hosted by Environmental Studies in NYU Arts & Science and is open to all undergraduates. Students will have the opportunity to study nature and the environment through courses in Environmental Studies, Animal Studies, History, Art History, Music, English, Comparative Literature, and a range of foreign language and area studies departments. Courses fulfilling the minor will also be offered by Liberal Studies, Gallatin, Steinhardt, Tisch, Tandon, and NYU Global sites.
The EH minor empowers students to approach environmental questions in diverse and innovative ways, and to contribute meaningfully to fields including community engagement, the arts, law and public policy, journalism and writing, education, non-profit administration, and corporate sustainability.
The minor officially launches in Spring 2024, but students can begin taking classes for the minor in Fall 2023. For more information, please visit https://as.nyu.edu/departments/environment/undergraduate-program.html, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Environmental Humanities Minor
To complete a minor in Environmental Humanities, students must receive a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in four of the eligible 4-point courses (16 points) from a pre-approved list (see below). The following guidelines apply: Students should pass at least one introductory course before fulfilling the remaining minor requirements. At least two courses should be advanced. Minors may take graduate-level EH courses with permission of the instructors, but at least two courses should be taken at the undergraduate level in Arts and Science (-UA). No more than one course may be double counted between the minor and any other degree, major, and/or second minor requirement. Courses taken Pass/Fail do not count toward the minor.
- Intro to Environmental Humanities (ENVST-UA 450.005/RUSSN-UA 810.002)
- Environment and Society (ENVST-UA 101)
- Ethics and Animals (ANST-UA 400)
Animal Minds (ANST-UA 410)
Texts and Ideas: Topics—Arts of Noticing (CORE-UA 400)
Ethics and the Environment (ENVST-UA 400/PHIL-UA 53)
Ecocriticism (ENVST-UA 9510/ENGL-UA 9735)
Becoming Ecospheric (FYSEM-UA 785)
Reimagining “Nature” (CCOL-UH 1017)
Food, Animals, and the Environment (ANST-UA 440/ ENVST-UA 440)
Climate and Society (ENVST-UA 470)
*Note that only some of these courses are offered every year and that additional courses will be added each semester. Please refer to the list of semester-specific courses below for courses available for registration this year.