Environmental Humanities

The environmental humanities concentration offers students who are interested in humanities-based approaches to the current global environmental crisis an option to focus in this vital area of study. Students take three ENG/ENH courses and four electives from selected programs that are focused wholly or in large-part on the human relationship to the environment and the relationship between nature and culture. To gain practical experience, students also complete a required English internship in environmental activism, policy development, education or other pertinent areas.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum of 6 upper-division hours must be taken in courses offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Other ENG courses may be approved by an English advisor depending on special- or variable-topics courses available in given semesters.
  • If an environmental internship is not feasible, a student may petition to substitute (a.) an ENG 499 Independent Study on an environmental studies applied project or literature/writing topic OR (b.) an ENG 400-level course in environmental literature/writing.
  • Some elective courses are limited to students majoring in the discipline, have prerequisites or cannot be taken in combination with another course on the list. Additional courses may be approved by English advisor depending on special- or variable-topics courses available in given semesters.
  • BIS students may use only one concentration from the Department of English.
  • An updated elective course list may be obtained through the Department of English advising center.

Core 9 Hours Required
Choose courses from the following.
Other ENG/ENH courses may be approved by a Tempe campus English advisor. 

ENG 334 The Amerian Southwest in Literature and Film.

ENG 359 Indigenous American Literature (3)

ENG/TCL 363 Transborder Mexican and Chicano/a Literature of Southwest North America (3) (Credit for only ENG or TCL 363)

ENG 367 Environmental Issues in Literature and Film, L or HU, (3)

ENG 370 Science, Values, and the Public (3) (Must have 35 or more earned hours. Credit allowed for BIO 315 or ENG 370.)

ENG 371 Topic: Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement (3)

ENH 378 The American Southwest in Literature and Film (3)

ENG 468 Environmental Literary Criticism (3)

ENG 469 Science and Literature (may be repeated when topics vary) (L/HU)

Internship 3 Hours

ENG 484 Undergraduate Internship: Environmental Humanities Certificate (3)

Electives 12 Hours
Choose 4 courses from the list.
Additional ENG/ENH or other courses may be approved by a Tempe campus English advisor. 

AFS 320 Africa: Politics, Environment, and Development (3) (Prerequisites: AFS 200 or completion of min 45 hours.)

ASB 326 Human Impacts on Ancient Environments, SB & H (3)

ASB/SOS 370 Production, People, and Environments

BIO 300 Biology and Society (Students must take both BIO 300 and BIO 301 to receive SG General Studies credit.)

BIO 311 Biology and Society (3)

BIO 324/PHI 310 Environmental Ethics, HU (3) 

ENG 452 Indigenous Novel (HU)

ENG 457 Indigenous Poetry (HU)

ENG 465 Indigenous Americans in Film

GCU 102 Introduction to Human Geography, SB & G (3)

GCU 357 Social Geography

GPH 210 Society and Environment, G (3)

HST 342 US West 20th Century

HST 345 Environmental History

JUS 332 Politics of Energy Policy/ Justice

JUS 444 Environment and Justice, L & C (3) (Minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.50 GPA)

PSY/PGS 306 Environmental Psychology, SB (3) (Pre-requisites: Must have completed PGS 101 with a grade of C or greater)

PHI 310 Environmental Ethics, HU (3)

REL 483 Religion and Science (3)

SGS 310 Global Urban Systems (3) (Prerequisites: SGS 101 or SGS 301, & SGS 103 or SGS 303 with a grade of C or better)

SGS 330 Globalization and the Environments

SOC 331 Environmental Sociology, SB, G (3)

SOS 110 Sustainable World (3)

 SOS 320 Society and Sustainability, L or SB (3) (Prerequisites: SOS 110 with C or better; SOS 111 (or PUP 190) with C or better)




All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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