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Minor in Environmental Studies: The minor in environmental studies consists of five courses: three environmental studies core courses to be completed by the end of the sixth semester: ENVS 0112;

one course selected from among: ART 0309, DANC 0277, ECON 0265, ENAM 0227, ENVS 0209, ENVS 0210, ENVS 0385, ENVS 0395, GEOG 0207, HARC 0231, HIST 0222, PHIL 0356, PSCI 0214, PSYC 0233/0333, or SOAN 0211;

With the approval of the Environmental Studies program director, a maximum of one course taken off campus may be credited toward completion of other (e.g., non-core course) minor requirements.

Except for transfer students, the core courses and capstone experience must be Middlebury College courses, which for the purposes of the Environmental Studies major are defined as those offered by the undergraduate college during fall, winter, spring, and summer terms.

Core Course RequirementsAll majors are required to complete four core courses: ENVS 0112, ENVS 0211, ENVS 0215, and either ENVS/GEOG 0120 (recommended for students focusing in the social sciences, humanities or arts) or ENVS/GEOG 0150 (recommended for students focusing in the natural sciences).

and at least one term of senior independent study focusing on chemistry and the environment, typically CHEM 0700 (one-term senior project) or CHEM 0400/0700/0701 (multi-term senior thesis).

and three electives related to the topic of human ecology to be selected from the Sociology/Anthropology curriculum or ENVS 0210 or ENVS 0385 in consultation with the student’s advisor. No more than one elective may be taken outside of the regular fall and spring semesters at Middlebury (e.g., as a winter term course or transfer credit). Students wishing to focus in combined Sociology/Anthropology should take both introductory courses (SOAN 0103 and SOAN 0105), with the second introductory course replacing one of the required electives. Any departures from this program must be approved by the SOAN department chair.

Other Environmental PerspectivesFor students interested in studying the environment from perspectives for which there is not an established focus (e.g., international environmental studies, food studies, environmental justice), we recommend that students select the established focus that most closely meets their goals, select cognates that complement these goals, and, when possible, select topics on course assignments and projects that complement their goals and interests.

Cognate Course RequirementsTwo cognate courses must be selected from the approved list of cognates, subject to the following: Because integrative courses represent more than one academic division, they inherently represent an academic division outside the division of the student’s focus;

Advanced Integrative Capstone RequirementAfter completing the required core courses, majors must complete one of two options for an advanced integrative capstone experience: either the community-engaged environmental studies practicum (ENVS 0401, open to juniors and seniors) or, with program consultation and approval, a multi-term integrative senior thesis (typically ENVS 0700/0703).

With program consultation and approval, required senior work in a focus may be expanded to meet the criteria for a multi-term integrative senior thesis, thereby simultaneously fulfilling the senior work requirement in the focus and the advanced integrative capstone requirement.

In other cases, majors must complete the required senior independent work in the focus and, in addition, complete ENVS 0401 as their required advanced integrative capstone experience.

All senior independent work carried out in ENVS or toward honors eligibility (i.e., carried out in a focus department) in Environmental Studies must be on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and environment;

To qualify as an integrative senior thesis, the multi-term work must also meaningfully and substantially integrate perspectives, lenses, or methodologies from the academic division of the student’s focus and typically at least one other division;

For additional important details regarding the integrative capstone requirement and/or senior work options, please visit the senior work page.

Environmental Studies Program HonorsProgram honors will be awarded to majors who complete a multi-term senior thesis on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment and meet the following requirements: the thesis must be supervised by a faculty advisor who is appointed in or affiliated with the environmental studies program; the work must be presented publicly, orally defended before their committee, and be of superior quality (B+ or higher);

Courses counting toward the GPA in the major include core courses, courses taken in fulfillment of focus with the exception of senior thesis courses (i.e., 700-level courses are excluded), cognates, and ENVS 0401 (if taken).

If extra cognates or courses within the focus were taken, those with the highest grades will be applied toward completion of the major and toward the GPA calculation for honors eligibility.

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