Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore offer an interdisciplinary Tri-College (Tri-Co) Environmental Studies (ES) Minor, involving departments and faculty on all three campuses from the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, the humanities, and the arts. The Tri-Co ES Minor brings together students and faculty to explore interactions among earth systems, human societies, and local and global environments.
The Tri-Co ES Minor cultivates in students the capacity to identify and confront key environmental issues through a blend of multiple disciplines, encompassing historical, cultural, economic, political, scientific, and ethical modes of inquiry. Acknowledging the reciprocal dimensions of materiality and culture in the historical formations of environments, this program is broadly framed by a series of interlocking dialogues: between the “natural” and the “built,” the local and the global, and the human and the nonhuman.
To declare the minor, students should contact the Environmental Studies director at their home campus.
- Students will be able to identify and confront key environmental issues through a blend of multiple disciplines, including historical, cultural, economic, political, scientific and ethical modes of inquiry.
- Students will develop good communication skills with particular aptitude for dialogue across and between multiple disciplines.
- Students will collaborate on interdisciplinary group projects that relate to environmental issues and that reflect creativity and tangible research design and inquiry.
Students may complete an ES Minor in conjunction with any major at Haverford, Bryn Mawr or Swarthmore, pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by the home department and the home-campus ES director.
The Tri-Co ES Minor consists of six courses, including an introductory course and capstone course. Students may complete the courses at any of the three campuses (or any combination thereof). The six required courses are:
- A required introductory course to be taken prior to the senior year. This may be ENVS 101 at Haverford or Bryn Mawr or the parallel course at Swarthmore (ENVS 001). Any one of these courses satisfies the requirement, and students may take no more than one such course for credit toward the minor.
- Four elective course credits from approved lists of core and cognate courses, including two credits in each of the following two categories. Students may use no more than one cognate course credit for each category. (See the ES website for course lists and more about core and cognate courses.) For Haverford students, no more than one of these four course credits may be in the student’s major.
- Environmental Science, Engineering, and Math: courses that build understanding and knowledge of scientific methods and theories, and 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.
- Environmental Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts: 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 might materialize in any number of project forms. Haverford and Bryn Mawr’s ENVS 397 (Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies) and Swarthmore’s ENVS 091 (Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar) satisfy the requirement.
Haverford students interested in the ES Minor should plan their course schedule with the Haverford Director of Environmental Studies in consultation with their major advisor. In choosing electives, we encourage students to reach beyond their major, and to include mostly intermediate or advanced courses.
Concentrations and Interdisciplinary Minors
Environmental Studies contributes to the following concentrations and interdisciplinary minors at Haverford:
- Health Studies
- Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
- Visual Studies
Students are encouraged to study abroad and receive ES credit by participation in programs in Australia, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and South Africa. Other study abroad programs can receive ES credit by arrangement with the ES Director.