This specialization engages the philosophical and political challenges underpinning concerns of modern environmentalism. People have always contemplated the meaning of the world around them and the ways in which their reality is shaped by the environment. The meaning and value of the “environment” therefore depends on a person’s range of understanding, ideas, and representations of the physical world. To operate effectively, civil society must be based on open discussions including environmental concerns, and this requires basic levels of ecological literacy.
Step 2: Choose courses for the Ideas About the Environment cluster
Choose nine credits from the courses below. Course substitutions are possible; please contact faculty-in-charge.
|AG 160||Introduction to Ethics and Issues in Agriculture|
|BIOL 419||Ecological and Environmental Problem Solving|
|BIOL 438||Theoretical Population Ecology|
|BIOL 461||Contemporary Issues in Science and Medicine|
|CED 450||International Development, Renewable Resources and the Environment|
|ECON 428||Environmental Economics|
|EM SC 150||Out of the Fiery Furnace|
|ENVE 460||Environmental Law|
|GEOG 123||Geography of the Developing World|
|GEOG 434||Politics of the Environment|
|HIST 109||Introduction to US Environmental History|
|HIST 110||Nature and History|
|HIST 428||The Darwinian Revolution|
|HIST 453||American Environmental history|
|LARCH 60||History of Landscape Architecture|
|NUTR 497G||Community Food Security|
|PHIL 403||Environmental Ethics|
|SOC 449||Environmental Movements|
|SOC 450||Justice and the Environment|
|SOILS 71||Environmental Sustainability|
Note: Individual courses are linked to Penn State's Bulletin. For the most recent course description and to schedule, visit LionPATH.psu.edu.