Environmental Studies

Wabash College’s Environmental Studies minor provides students with an opportunity to apply a liberal arts perspective to environmental issues and questions of sustainability, linking traditional scientific study of the environment to the role the environment plays in human experience and society. Human society relies on a healthy, functioning global ecosystem for its survival, but human activities often damage the environment and undermine its capacity to support us. While such environmental degradation has occurred throughout human history, environmental issues have increasingly moved to the forefront of public discourse, even to the point of being considered the greatest existential threat to humanity. Addressing issues of biodiversity and ecological resiliency in our curriculum is an essential aspect of our stated mission to educate responsible, humane leaders. Students minoring in Environmental Studies are expected to help catalyze more environmental interest and action on campus, supporting a transformation to a renewable, more sustainable, Wabash College.

The minor is open to students of any major. Environmental Studies minors are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities led by collaborations between students and experienced faculty from a multitude of disciplines. Three core courses focus on natural science, social science, and the humanities, while two additional elective courses provide disciplinary breadth to a student’s approach to the field. A senior capstone course invites interdisciplinary reflection, as students compose an essay that integrates coursework from their minor requirements across multiple disciplines.
 
The program is administered by the Environmental Studies Committee.

Requirements for the Minor

Environmental Natural Science Core1
One credit from the following:
Plants & Human Affairs
Environmental Science
Ecology
Environmental Humanities or Social Science Core1
One credit from the following:
Topics in Art History (Art and the Environment)
Environmental Economics
History & Philosophy of Environmental Ed
Special Topics: Literature (Literature and the Environment)
Environmental Philosophy
One additional credit from either core group1
Electives2
Two credits from any Division
Division I:
Plants & Human Affairs
Environmental Science
Ecology
Advanced Ecology
Special Topics (Global Health)
Epidemiology
Division II:
Topics in Art History (Art and the Environment)
Special Topics: Literature (Literature and the Environment)
Environmental Philosophy
Topics in Theology (Materiality and Embodiment)
Rhetoric, Science, & Public Policy
Deliberation & Democracy (with instructor permission)
Division III:
Public Policy
Environmental Economics
History & Philosophy of Environmental Ed
Big History
Capstone0
ENS-400Environmental Studies Capstone0
Total Credits5

Bradley Carlson, Biology, Chair
Jeffrey Gower, Philosophy
Deborah Seltzer-Kelly, Education Studies