Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
LEGAL 494DI - Environmental & Public Policy Dispute Resolution: This course examines multiparty disputes involving topics such as land use management, water rights, e-healthcare, and pollution remediation. We explore dispute resolution's role in enhancing democratic participation in decision making of public import.
POLISCI 253H - International Environmental Policy and Politics: Focus on the social, political, and economic factors causing environmental threats and by which efforts have been taken to manage or ameliorate such threats. Introduction to the major actors involved in international environmental politics and the major patterns by which problems are approached internationally.
RESECON 262 - Environmental Economics: Economic analysis of environmental problems, focusing on air, water and land pollution. Emphasis on analyzing individual incentives that lead to pollution, the valuation of environmental quality amenities, and the design and evaluation of regulations that seek to improve environmental quality. Includes the economic analysis of global climate change.
STPEC 291 CE - Capitalism & the Environment: This course is designed to explore the ecological crisis through the lens of both social/environmental theory and political economy. We will specifically address the capitalist system and its relationship to the environment, noting the limits of growth and any future possibilities of environmental sustainability.
RESECON 471 - Cost Benefit Analysis: Theoretical foundations and practical procedures of benefit-cost analysis as applied to public natural resources and environmental projects, programs, and regulations. Critical discussion of strengths and weaknesses of this tool. Topics from energy, water resources, land use, outdoor recreation, air quality, and other natural resources and environmental areas. Integrative Experience & Capstone Course.
ECON 308 - Political Economy of the Environment: Application of the theories of political economy to environmental problems and issues. Topics include regulatory and market approaches to pollution and natural resource depletion; cost-benefit analysis and its economic and political foundations; and case studies of specific environmental problems such as acid rain, deforestation, and global warming.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Critical thinking
- Creative problem solving
- Written and oral communication