Major and Minor in Environmental Humanities

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Humanities

A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (31-33 credits)

  • ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology
  • EHM 201 Ecoaesthetics in Art
  • MAT 118 Mathematical Thinking or MAT 122 Overview of Calculus with Applications
  • PHI 104 Moral Reasoning
  • POL 102 Introduction to American Government
  • SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability
  • SBC 116 Human Geography
  • SBC 203 Critical Analysis
  • Two of the following:
    • SBC 113/114 Physical Geography OR ENV 115 Chemistry, Environment and Life OR MAR 104 Oceanography
    • BIO 201 Organisms to Ecosystems, OR EHM 118 Introduction to the Natural History of Long Island

B. Career and Leadership Skills (6 credits)

  • Three courses selected from CSK 101-109 (1 credit each)
  • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication

C. Core Courses (21-22 credits)

Students are required to select 3 credits from each group (A-C). The remaining 12-13 credits may be selected from one area of concentration, or spread across all three areas.  An internship or independent study may be completed in any of the three core areas and as many as 3 credits may be applied to replace one of the courses.

Group A: Writing, Literature and Philosophy

  • EHM 310 Beyond Eden: Contact Narratives, Origins and Sin
  • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
  • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media
  • SBC 330 Extreme Events
  • SBC 331 City, Suburb and Sprawl
  • SUS 301 Environmental Ethics
  • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability
  • SUS 366 Philosophy of the Environment

Group B: Social Sciences

  • ANT 201 Peoples and Cultures of South America
  • ANT 357 The Agricultural Revolution
  • ANT 362 Long Island Archaeology
  • ANT 381 Applied Anthropology
  • EHM 314 Civilizations and Collapse
  • EHM 315 Ethnographic Methods
  • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
  • HIS 215 Long Island History
  • SBC 307 American Environmental History
  • SBC 308 American Environmental Politics
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
  • SBC 312 Environment, Society and Health
  • SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
  • SUS 305 Collective Action and Sustainability
  • SUS 341 Environmental Treaties and Protocols

Group C: Applied Environmental Aesthetics

  • SBC 117 Design Drawing
  • SBC 354 Drawing for Design—CAD
  • ARS 205 Foundation—Idea and Form
  • ARH 205 Introduction to Architecture
  • EHM 320 Artists and Designers of the East End
  • EHM 330 The Household in Non-Western Society
  • EHM 331 Precolumbian Urbanism
  • SBC 200 History of Human Settlements and Long Island’s Development
  • EDP 307 Theory and Design of Human Settlement

With permission of the Program Director, a student may take SBC 487 Independent Study or SBC 488 Internship in lieu of any one course in any core area (with a max of 3 credits applied to the major requirements).  

D. Systems Course (3 credits)
SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project

E. Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students.  These skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required.  To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two papers from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the Director of the SUS Undergraduate Program.  

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Note: 
One course passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

Minor in Environmental Humanities

The Environmental Humanities minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a foundation in the humanistic aspects of environmental studies and develop skills in one of Environmental Humanities core areas of study.

Requirements for the Minor

No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option. All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Only two courses used to satisfy requirements for the student’s major may be applied towards the minor. Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. 

1. Required four introductory courses: 12 credits

One of the following courses:

  • ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology

2. Required three advanced courses from one or two of the three core areas: 9 credits.

Group A: Writing, Literature and Philosophy

  • EHM 310 Beyond Eden: Contact Narratives, Origins and Sin
  • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
  • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media
  • SBC 330 Extreme Events
  • SBC 331 City, Suburb and Sprawl
  • SUS 301 Environmental Ethics
  • SUS 366 Philosophy of the Environment

Group B: Social Sciences

  • ANT 201 Peoples and Cultures of South America
  • ANT 357 The Agricultural Revolution
  • ANT 361 Peasants
  • ANT 362 Long Island Archaeology
  • ANT 381 Applied Anthropology
  • EHM 314 Civilizations and Collapse
  • EHM 386/HIS 386 The Maya
  • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
  • SBC 307 American Environmental History or HIS 365 North American Environmental History
  • SBC 308 American Environmental Politics
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
  • SBC 312 Environment, Society and Health
  • SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
  • SUS 305 Collective Action and Sustainability
  • SUS 341 Environmental Treaties and Protocols

Group C: Applied Environmental Aesthetics

  • SBC 117 Design Drawing
  • SBC 354 Drawing for Design—CAD
  • ARH 205 Introduction to Architecture
  • EHM 320 Artists and Designers of the Environment and Ecosystems
  • EHM 330 The Household in Non-Western Society
  • EHM 331 Precolumbian Urbanism
  • SBC 200 History of Human Settlements and Long Island’s Development
  • EDP 307 Theory and Design of Human Settlement

Declaration of the Minor

Students should declare the Environmental Humanities minor no later than the middle of their junior year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.