Environmental Studies Requirements
The Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor consists of six courses, as follows:
- A required introductory course to be taken prior to the senior year. This may be ENVS 101, or Bryn Mawr ENVS 101 (Intro Environmental Studies) or Swarthmore ENVS 001. Any one of these courses will satisfy the requirement, and students may take no more than one such course for credit.
- Four elective course credits from approved lists of core and cognate courses, including two credits in each of the following two categories (A and B). No more than one cognate course credit may be used for each category (see courses page for more information about core and cognate courses). For Haverford College students, no more than one of these four course credits may be in the student’s major.
- Environmental Science and Engineering: courses that build understanding and knowledge of scientific methods and theories, and that explore how these can be applied in identifying and addressing environmental challenges. At least one of the courses in this category must have a laboratory component.
- Environment and Society: courses that build understanding and knowledge of social and political structures as well as ethical considerations, and how these inform our individual and collective responses to environmental challenges.
- A senior seminar (case-based), with culminating work that reflects tangible research design and inquiry, but which might materialize in any number of project forms. Bryn Mawr College’s ENVS 397 (Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, co-taught by faculty members from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in 2011-2012) and Swarthmore College’s ENVS 091 (Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar) satisfy the requirement, and plans are for ENVS 397 to be taught at Haverford College starting in 2012-2013.
Haverford College students interested in the Environmental Studies minor should plan their course schedule with the Haverford College Director of Environmental Studies in consultation with their major advisor. In choosing electives, students are encouraged to reach beyond their major, and to include mostly intermediate or advanced courses. Additional information about the minor, including an updated list of approved electives and when they will be offered, is available on the Environmental Studies website.