Environmental Studies Program Minors

Letter grades of C- or better must be earned in all courses applied to these minors. All upper-division credits must be taken at the University of Oregon. (“In residency” includes UO study abroad courses.) Students can count up to two upper division courses from their major department. No more than three courses with the same subject heading will count for the minor (including ENVS).

Environmental Studies

Why study Environmental Studies? What’s required to earn a minor? It’s all summarized in our minor map.

The Environmental Studies Minor is strongly interdisciplinary, with a particular focus on social sciences, policy studies, environmental design, and the humanities, while also providing a foundation in the natural sciences. 


Three lower-division required courses (ENVS Core Sequence)

  • ENVS 201
  • ENVS 202
  • ENVS 203

Five upper-division elective courses

  • Natural Sciences: One upper-division course from the Area 3A courses listed in the current ENVS major requirements
  • Social Science, Policy, Humanities and Design: One upper-division course from the Area 3B courses listed in the current ENVS major requirements.
  • Three courses from any of the following categories listed in the current ENVS major requirements:
    • Area 3A - Natural Science
    • Area 3B - Social Science, Policy, Humanities and Sustainable Design and Practice
    • Area 4 - Environmental Issues
    • Area 5 - Practical Learning Experience

Total credits: 32

Download ENVS Minor Requirements (Updated 9-26-17)

Advising & Declaration:

Environmental studies students work with program-specific Tykeson Advisors through Tykeson College and Career Advising. A Tykeson advisor can declare the minor for you during an advising appointment, or you can declare the minor using the form on this page.

Program Contact: ENVS Undergraduate Coordinator, Kate Schau: kschau@uoregon.edu

Environmental Humanities

The Environmental Humanities Minor focuses on how humanities disciplines and the arts can contribute to understandings of environmental change; environmental ethics and politics; environmental justice; climate justice; and equitable, sustainable futures.


One lower-division required course

  • ENVS 203 Introduction to Environmental Studies: Humanities

One lower or upper division elective course

  • ANTH 110 Intro to Traditional Ecological Knowledges
  • ANTH 260 Domestic Animals
  • ANTH 274 Animals and People
  • ENG 230 Intro to Environmental Literature
  • GEOG 250 Geographies of Outdoor Adventure
  • GLBL 280 Global Environmental Issues and Alternatives
  • HIST 215 Food in World History
  • HIST 273 Introduction to Global Environmental History
  • LAW 201 Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy
  • PHIL 220 Food Ethics

Four upper-division elective courses

  • ANTH 320 Native North Americans
  • ANTH 330 Hunters and Gatherers
  • ANTH 365 Food and Culture
  • ARH 368 Arts and Visual Cultures of Climate Change
  • ARH 457 Contemporary Art: Land and Environmental Art
  • ENG 325 Literature of the Northwest
  • ENG 469 Literature and Environment
  • ENVS 345 Environmental Ethics
  • ENVS 410 Nature in Pop Culture (Wald)
  • ENVS 450 Political Ecology (Walker)
  • ENVS 429 Environmental Leadership: [Topic] *by application*
  • ENVS 435 Environmental Justice
  • ES 321 Indigenous Peoples of Oregon
  • ES 350 Native Americans and the Environment
  • ES 354 Environmental Racism
  • FLR 320 Car Cultures
  • FLR 415 Folklore and Foodways
  • GEOG 343 Society, Culture, and Place
  • GEOG 410 Race, Nature, and Power; Forests and Society
  • GEOG 471 North American Historical Landscapes
  • GER 357 Nature, Culture, and the Environment
  • GLBL 425 Global Food Security 
  • HIST 378 American Environmental History to 1890
  • HIST 379 American Environmental History 1890-Present
  • HIST 399 Special Studies: Pacific Islands
  • HIST 399 Special Studies: Beer in World History
  • HIST 466 American West to 1890
  • HIST 467 American West 1890-Present
  • HIST 468 The Pacific Northwest
  • HIST 473 American Environmental History: [Topic]
  • JPN 473 Japanese Environmental Cinema (DiNitto)
  • PHIL 339 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 340 Environmental Philosophy
  • PHIL 451 Native American Philosophy
  • WGS 331 Science, Technology, and Gender
  • WGS 432 Gender, Environment, and Development

Total credits: 24

Download ENVH Minor Requirements

Advising & Declaration:

Environmental studies students work with program-specific Tykeson Advisors through Tykeson College and Career Advising.

Program Contact: ENVS Undergraduate Coordinator, Kate Schau: kschau@uoregon.edu

When ready to declare an environmental humanities minor, submit an online declaration form:

Minor Declaration/Change Form