Public Engagement

Environmental Studies Minor

  • Designed to give students the core information they need to understand both the natural and social science implications of our environmental problem(s), the minor in Environmental Studies will provide them with a solid background and confidence that they can carry out environmental activities. The minor is intended to help them to better understand the rapidly developing environmental field, and become active participants in the discussion of environmental issues, as well as help them integrate environmental understanding into their other areas of study and their professional careers. As global climate change, for example, begins to take on truly large and significant dimensions, it is important that we prepare students for their lives as active citizens.

    Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Knowledge of and the ability to articulate a general overview of the state of the global environment today and some of the suggested ways to improve it
    • An understanding of the role that science plays in shedding light on environmental issues and in informing policies designed to protect environmental quality
    • The ability to use evidence-based research methods to understand environmental issues and solutions to environmental problems
    • An understanding and knowledge of public policies that affect the environment


    Subject Area Sample Courses Credits
    Core Courses UENV 2000 Environment and Society
    UENV 2400 Principles of Ecology
    PSDS 2610 Sustainable Design Thinking
    7-8 credits
    Elective Courses LSCI 2000 Chemistry of the Environment
    NFDS 2001 Contemporary Food Controversies
    NFDS 3201 Food Policy for Local Food Revolution
    NFDS 3203 Alternative Food Networks
    NFDS 3210 Hunger, Food Security and the Global Food Crisis
    NFDS 3230 Politics and Power in the Global Food System
    UENV 2500 History and Literature of US Environmentalism
    UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS
    UENV 3400 Urban Ecosystems
    UENV 3450 Ecology Lab
    UENV 3501 Environmental Economics
    UENV 4703 Social Justice in the Food System
    UENV 4704 Urban Agriculture and Food Activism
    UENV 4707 Politics of Biodiversity
    UENV 4709 The Sciences of Climate Change
    UENV 4713 Renewable Energy
    UENV 4714 Food and the Environment
    11-12 credits

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Rafi Youatt, chair, at