PhD Emphasis Course Electives

All students in the emphasis must take three elective courses in departments and disciplines other than their own. The purpose of the electives is to enable students to develop expertise in an area that complements their disciplinary training.

Choosing Electives

Students should tailor their electives to their interests and needs. The following three suggestions may be useful in guiding students' choice of electives:

  1. Subject Area Outside Home Discipline: It may provide an opportunity for a student to focus on a particular subject area outside his or her home discipline but related to his or her research. An example would be a student studying climate justice in the Sociology Department who wishes to develop a more in-depth understanding of climate science.
  2. Methodological Expertise: The elective requirement may enable a student to develop an area of methodological expertise outside his or her home discipline. An example would be an ecology student who wishes to develop skills in historical research for use in restoration work.
  3. Basic Environmental Knowledge: A student with little previous training in this area may use the elective requirement to develop a broad foundation of basic environmental knowledge. An example of this final case is a student with a strong background in political science, whose prior training focused on immigration but who is moving toward environmental research for the first time at the doctoral level.

Approving Electives

Electives can be selected from course offerings in any department or program on campus and must include at least two graduate-level courses. There are two ways by which electives can be approved. Students may choose electives from a list of preapproved courses (see list below) or students may petition other courses to count towards the elective requirement. To download the elective petitions form, please click here. Students are strongly encouraged to choose electives in consultation with the outside member of their dissertation committee or the emphasis program director.

Preapproved Electives for the PhD Emphasis

Department                                                      

Course #                          

Course Title                                                                                                         

Instructor                                    

Anthropology

219

Anthropology and Risk

Harthorn

Anthropology

250JH

Envrionmental Antropology

Hoelle

East Asian Studies

Proposed

Environmental Justice in Asia

lewallen

EEMB

511

Writing Science

Schimel

EEMB

271

Ecosystem Processes

Schimel

English

L165RS

The Risk Society

Ghosh

English

197

Writing "Nature in the Eighteenth Century

Cook

English

234

Utopia and the Environment

Shewry

English

234

Time, Space and Ecology

Shewry

English

236 STS Perspectives in Ecology Jue

Environmental Studies

293

Organizations and the Environment

Pulver

ESM (Bren)

211

Applied Population Ecology

Kendall

ESM (Bren)

214

Biological Waste Treatment

Holden

ESM (Bren)

225

Water Policy

Wilkinson

ESM (Bren)

243

Environmental Policy Analysis

Anderson

Film and Media

252CJ

Media and the Environment: Climate Justice

Walker

Geography

241B

Population, Development and Environment

Lopez-Carr

Global Studies 

291A Science, Technology and Globalization Barandiaran

History

208

Environmental History

Alagona

Political Science

294

Environmental Politics and Policy

Smith

Sociology

265

Development and its Alternatives

Foran

Sociology

265CJ

Climate Justice

Foran

Sociology

265EC

Earth in Crisis

Foran