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Environment and Society Undergraduate Certificate

The 12-credit Certificate in Environment and Society Geography will engage students with issues, knowledge, and diverse forms of learning, analysis, and exposition related to the interactions of human societies and environments. This certificate is based on the twin foundations of this sub-field of geography, namely human-environment interactions and nature-society relations. Its purpose is to train students to use frameworks such as political ecology and environmental geography to provide the tools and concepts of change and sustainability necessary to analyze human-environment systems, environmental problems, and remediation across local-to-global scales, and the political economy of resource use and management.

WHAT IS ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY GEOGRAPHY?

Environment and society geography is a rapidly growing area of academia and policy organizations. This certificate specifically addresses how geographers approach questions concerning human-environment relations, systems, and processes. Students who enroll in this certificate program will engage frameworks such as political ecology, environmental geography, and sustainability studies and will be asked to analyze human-environment systems, environmental problems, and remediation across local-to-global scales, and the political economy of resource use and management. Focus areas cover such topics as nature conservation and economic development; water and energy resources; environments, health, and urban- rural dynamics; environment-society interactions involving agriculture, nutrition, and well-being; and sustainability.

Careers

Students earning the certificate in Environment and Society Geography are well positioned to find employment with diverse organizations spanning business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Where Our Graduates Find Jobs

  • American Red Cross
  • Amnesty International
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Heifer International
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. State Department
  • Local, regional, and state planning agencies
  • Environmental and engineering consulting firms
  • Policy research institutes
  • Private corporations
  • Humanitarian organizations

Student Clubs and Organizations