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 Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors in the Scientific Discovery and Sustainability (SDS) Flight Path through Tykeson College and Career Advising. See an SDS advisor to declare this minor.

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

Environmental Humanities

For more information, see the Center for Environmental Futures Website.

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

  • ENG 230 Intro to Environmental Literature
  • HIST 215 Food and World History
  • HIST 273 Introduction to Environmental History
  • INTL 280 Global Environmental Issues and Alternatives
  • LAW 201 Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

Four upper-division elective courses

  • ARH 399 Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change
  • ARH 410 Land and Environmental Art
  • ENG 325 Literature of the Northwest
  • ENG 469 Literature and Environment
  • ENVS 345 Environmental Ethics
  • ENVS 429 Environmental Leadership *with instructor approval*
  • ENVS 435 Environmental Justice
  • ES 350 Native Americans and the Environment
  • ES 354 Environmental Racism
  • GEOG 343 Society, Culture, and Place
  • GEOG 410 Race, Nature, and Power; Forests and Society
  • GEOG 461 Environmental Alterations
  • GEOG 463 Geography, Law, and the Environment
  • GER 357 Nature, Culture, and the Environment
  • HIST 378 American Environmental History to 1890
  • HIST 379 American Environmental History 1890-Present
  • HIST 466 American West to 1890
  • HIST 467 American West 1890-Present
  • HIST 468 The Pacific Northwest
  • HIST 473 Topics in Environmental History
  • PHIL 339 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 340 Environmental Philosophy
  • WGS 331 Science, Technology, and Gender
  • WGS 432 Gender, Environment, and Development

Total credits: 24

View ENVH Minor Requirements (scroll to see required courses)

Advising & Declaration:

Environmental humanities students work with Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors in the Public Policy, Society, and Identity Flight Path 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