Human Experience

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Human Experience

This emphasis is designed to give students broad exposure to how the environment is represented and researched in the social sciences and humanities. This includes a wide-ranging examination of environmental issues through time and from diverse perspectives in order to provide students the ability to better understand and critically assess contemporary environmental challenges. An underlying theme is the critical examination of the notion of sustainability as a potential principle underlying and guiding human interaction with the environment. Throughout the emphasis, issues of sustainability as they relate to rural/urban linkages will be emphasized.

Degree Path (B.S.)

Degree Path (B.A.)

NIU Undergraduate Catalog

 

Major in Environmental Studies (B.S.)

Requirements in ENVS (18)
ENVS 301 - Environmental Science I: Physical Systems (3)
ENVS 302 - Environmental Science II: Biological Systems (3)
ENVS 303 - Environment in the Social Sciences and Humanities (3)
ENVS 304 - Environmental Law, Policy and Economics (3)
ENVS 305 - Green Technologies (3)

Three Credits from the following:
ENVS 450 - Issues in Environmental Studies (3)
ENVS 490 - Undergraduate Research (1-3)
ENVS 491 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-3)
ENVS 492 - Internship in Environmental Studies (1-6)
ENVS 498 - Senior Thesis (1-3)
ENVS 499 - Senior Thesis: Honors (1-3) 

Requirements outside ENVS (B.A., 10-22; B.S., 15-16)

For the B.A. degree
Fulfillment of foreign language requirement (0-12)
  (See “Foreign Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree.”)
CHEM 100 - Chemistry in Everyday Life (3)
  OR PHYS 140 - Physics and Society (3)
MATH 155 - Trigonometry and Elementary Functions (3)
  OR MATH 211 - Calculus for Business and Social Science (3)
STAT 208 - Basic Statistics (3)

For the B.S. degree
CHEM 210 - General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 211 - General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 212 - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHEM 213 - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
MATH 211 - Calculus for Business and Social Science (3)
  OR MATH 229 - Calculus I (4) and MATH 230 –Calculus II (4)
STAT 301 - Elementary Statistics (4)

Requirements outside Environmental Studies (15 credits)

Select one of the following humanities courses (3)
ENGL 400 - Literary Topics1 (3)
ENGL 360 - Literature and other disciplines1 (3)
HIST 377 - American Environmental History (3)
PHIL 335 - Environmental Ethics (3)

Select one of the following social science courses (3)
ANTH 425 - Environment and Anthropology (3)
ANTH 314/ENVS 314X - Domesticating the Planet (3)
ECON 386 - Environmental Economics (3)
SOCI 364 - Environmental Sociology (3)

Select one of the following policy courses (3)
PHIL 361 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
POLS 324 - Politics of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation (3)
POLS 330 - Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process (3)

Select two of the following communication and writing courses (6)
COMS 355 - Media Writing (3)
COMS 419 - Political Communication in America (3)
COMS 304 - Introduction to Persuasion Theory (3)
COMS 361 - Business and Professional Communication (3)
COMS 362 - Intercultural Communication (3)
ENGL 308 - Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 403 - Technical Editing (3)
JOUR 335 - Principles of Public Relations (3)
JOUR 350 - Environment, Health, and the Media (3)
JOUR 360 - Public Relations Writing (3)
JOUR 401 - Editorial and Opinion Writing (3)
JOUR 490 - Ethnic Minorities and the News Media (3)

Electives: (15) Students must select at least five of the following electives from at least four different departments in the social sciences and humanities.

Select at least two of the following social science courses (6)
ANTH 301 - American Culture (3)
ANTH 343/ENVS 343X - Extinction (3)
ANTH 432 - Nature and the Environment Across Cultures (3)
ANTH 363 - Globalization and Corporate Cultures (3)
ANTH 425 - Environment and Anthropology (3)
ANTH 444 - Primate Ecology and Conservation (3)
ANTH 466 - Hunters-Gatherers and the Transition to Food Production (3)
ANTH 467 - Applied Anthropology (3)
ANTH 491 - Current Topics in Anthropology1 (3)
ECON 386 - Environmental Economics (3)
GEOG 303 - Water Resources and the Environment (3)
GEOG 359 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOG 430 - Population Geography (3)
GEOG 455 - Land-use Planning (3)
POLS 306 - The Mass Media in American Politics (3)
POLS 322/BIOS 322X - Politics and the Life Sciences (3)
POLS 324 - Politics of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation (3)
POLS 330 - Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process (3)
POLS 480 - International Law and Organization (3)
SOCI 364 - Environmental Sociology (3)
SOCI 379 - Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3)
SOCI 386 - Peace and Social Justice (3)
SOCI 392 - Organizing for Social Action (3)

Select at least two of the following humanities courses (6)
ARTH 385 - Pre-Columbian Art (3)
ARTH 386 - Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3)
ARTH 397 - American Art (3)
ARTH 398 - 20th Century Art (3)
ENGL 322 - Language in American Society (3)
ENGL 360 - Literature and Other Disciplines1 (3)
ENGL 400 - Literary Topics1 (3)
HIST 359 - History of Illinois (3)
HIST 376 - Evolution of American Capitalism (3)
HIST 377 - American Environmental History (3)
HIST 398/ENVS 398X - Environment Change and Early Globalization (3)
HIST 465 - Industrial America: 1877-1901 (3)
HIST 466 - Corporate America: 1900-1929 (3)
HIST 467 - Liberal America: 1929-1961 (3)
HIST 468 - America since 1960 (3)
PHIL 335 - Environmental Ethics (3)
PHIL 352 - Philosophy of Science (3)
PHIL 361 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 331 - Ethics (3)
PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics1 (3)
PHIL 450 - Topics in Social and Political Philosophy1 (3)
WOMS 430 - Special Topics in Women’s Studies1 (3)
WOMS 432 - Feminist Theory (3)

Select one of the following science, engineering, and technology courses (3-4)
BIOS 106 - Environmental Biology (3)
BIOS 406 - Conservation Biology (4)
GEOG 253 - Environment and Society (3)
GEOG 303 - Water Resources and the Environment (3)
GEOG 455 - Land Use Planning (3)
GEOL 320 - Environments and Life through Time (4)
  OR GEOL 322 - Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology (4)
MEE 101 - Energy and the Environment (3)
TECH 245 - Pollution, Pestilence, Prevention and the Cost of Doing Business (3)
ENVS 409/BIOS 409X/ GEOL409X - Water Quality (4)
GEOG 368 - Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Mitigation (3)
GEOG 415/ENVS 415 - Introduction to Energy (3)

1Course taught on an intermittent basis and will count towards ENVS when the topic is appropriate