In order to develop sophisticated understandings
contemporary environmental issues, today's scholars
must transcend historical academic disciplinary boundaries. Indeed, complex
issues related to energy, climate change, species preservation, air and
water quality, are best dealt with by valuing insights by multiple perspectives.
The Graduate Certificate Program in Environment, Policy, and Society allows
students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary exploration of
these contemporary environmental problems by drawing from courses across
a wide range of social science disciplines. The Certificate curriculum
incorporates courses from departments across the College of Arts and Sciences,
including Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Political
Science, Psychology, and Sociology. In addition, relevant courses are
found in the College of Architecture and Planning, the College of Business,
the College of Engineering, the School of Journalism, as well as the School
- To engage CU-Boulder graduate students in interdisciplinary
inquiry of the social dimensions of environmental issues;
- To introduce students to a range of theoretical and
methodological approaches to the study of the social dimensions of environmental
- To offer students the opportunity to apply these interdisciplinary
experiences to a "real-world" environmental issue within the Certificate's
- To provide certification of CU-Boulder graduate students'
engagement with graduate studies outside of their primary discpline.