The Department of Human Ecology coordinates an interdisciplinary graduate certificate on human dimensions of environmental change. The program is open to any student enrolled in a Rutgers University graduate program. The certificate program represents a collaboration among faculty from several graduate programs, and allows students to examine the political, cultural, economic, historical, and other human dimensions of environmental change while carrying out studies an existing graduate program. The certificate is designed to help students access theoretical perspectives, skills, and/or other resources provided by various programs and departments at Rutgers while simultaneously creating spaces for interdisciplinary interaction.
Students must fulfill the following requirements for the certificate:
1. Seminar on Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (16:378:501)
This Nature and Society seminar is the foundational course for the graduate certificate. It is designed to provide students with a survey of theories and concepts in environmental studies. The course examines how perspectives and arguments of oft-cited theorists (e.g. Foucault, Haraway, Marx) have been taken up in nature-society scholarship in geography, anthropology, development studies, environmental studies, and other disciplines. To do so, students read selected writings from social theorists as well as empirical applications, making sense of writing and concepts through collective discussion and debate.
2. Topics Seminar (16:378:502)
This course focuses on a particular topic with respect to human dimensions of environmental change. The seminar changes from year-to-year based on faculty availability and student interest. In recent years, 502 seminars have included: Interdisciplinary Research Design, Long-term Risk Assessment, Organizing for Change, Climate and Society and Environmental Sociology. Please consult the Graduate Director for current 502 seminar offerings.
3. At least one course outside the major.
In addition to coursework in their own graduate program, certificate students must complete one course outside their major. Recent elective courses satisfying the course requirement from outside the major include those listed below.
070:503 Social/Cultural Anthropology
070:511 Anthropology of Gender
070:542 Environmental Anthropology
070:544 Environmental Anthropology in a Changing World
070:545 Anthropology of Development
070:547 Neoliberalism and Globalization
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
970:618 Environmental Planning and Management
970:672 Energy Policy and Planning
833:680 Energy, Sustainability and Policy
Ecology and Evolution
215: 510 Conservation Ecology (requires prerequisites)
215: 520 Landscape Ecology (requires prerequisites)
215:598 Foundations of Ecology
375:534 Environmental Sustainability
450:522 Tourism Geography/Tourism Planning
450:606 Rethinking Economy
450:516 Urban Geography
450:606 Cities & Environment
450:609 Geographies of Globalization
450: 509 Uneven Development
450:508 Environment & Development
833:686 Climate Governance
920:577 Environmental Sociology
920:575 Case Study Methodologies
For more information about the Certificate Program in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, or a list of participating faculty, contact the Graduate Program Director, Heidi Hausermann.
For questions concerning admission for graduate study, or for application materials and information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions: