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In order to develop sophisticated understandings of
contemporary environmental issues,Description of Photo 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 of Law.

Certificate Objectives

  • 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 issues;

  • To offer students the opportunity to apply these interdisciplinary experiences to a "real-world" environmental issue within the Certificate's capston seminar;

  • To provide certification of CU-Boulder graduate students' engagement with graduate studies outside of their primary discpline.
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