Environmental humanities

Undergraduate minor

About the minor

The minor in environmental humanities (EH) complements environmental science and policy with a focus on cultural expression and analysis. EH is an interdisciplinary field of study, where students learn environmental history, storytelling, critical thinking, philosophy, and the arts. In EH, we understand that ecological well-being relies on cultural solutions as well as scientific and technical ones.

EH students can explore international approaches to sustainable living, including philosophies and lifeways of the global south and of Indigenous nations worldwide. EH embraces the arts as a means of storytelling and advocating for environmental health, and it embraces philosophy and history as means of better knowing where we are and how we might best live as humans in a changing climate. This is a minor that works well with science and technology majors, to help students cultivate a broad cultural vision, imagination, and vocabulary for change.

A little more info

  • Environmental humanities encourages big-picture thinking, envisioning, and imagination for change.
  • The minor in EH links well with UO's one-of-a-kind Environmental Leadership Program.
  • The minor complements degrees in planning, public policy, and management, as well as international internships with UO GlobalWorks.

Career opportunities

The EH minor pairs with many different fields of study. It helps prepare students for careers in environmental advocacy and law, and working with NGOs and the arts.

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