Curriculum

Academic Requirements

To earn the Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, students will complete a minimum of 45 credits of required and elective courses. The required courses make up roughly half (21 credits) of the degree and include a six-credit capstone project in the field. The additional 18 course credits are drawn from program electives and a minimum of 9 course credits should come from outside the environmental studies curriculum, which will include management courses and may, with the advice of the director, include courses from Goucher's graduate programs in cultural sustainability or digital arts.

Courses are conducted primarily online, reaching a national audience and allowing you to work and pursue the degree regardless of your location. In addition, a limited residency and workshop components will provide face-to-face interaction and fieldwork with faculty and other students in the program

Environmental Studies Required Courses  (27 credits)

ENV 623: Environment, Culture, and Community (3 credits)

ENV 634: Environment, Development, and Economics (3 credits)

ENV 615: The Environment & the Media (3 credits) Offered in two sections but students pick the section most appropriate to their course of study

Section A: Environmental Communication (3 credits)

Section B: Critical Analysis (3 credits)

ENV 624: Environmental Research (6 credits) Offered as separate sections, all of which are required, in any sequence

Section A: Science & Philosophy (1.5 credits)

Section B: Systems Thinking and Modeling (1.5 credits)

Section C: Research Methods (1.5 credits)

Section D: Evaluating Claims (1.5 credits) 

ENV 627: Environmental Social Science (3 credits) 

ENV 633: Environmental Sustainability & Resilience (3 credits)

ENV 675/675Y: Environmental Studies Capstone (6 credits) 

Electives (18 credits)

Environmental Studies Elective Courses

ENV 610: Cultural Geography and Land Management (3 credits) 

ENV 612: Energy, Natural Resource Management, and the Environment (3 credits)  

ENV 621: Environmental Governance (3 credits) 

ENV 622: Environmental Justice (3 credits) ENV 630: Public Participation (3 credits) 

ENV 637: Environmental Change: Causes and Impacts (3 credits) 

ENV 640: Risk and Society (3 credits) 

ENV 699: Independent Study (1-4 credits) 

Management Electives

Of the 18 credits of electives required, a minimum of nine credits should come from the management curriculum. NOTE: Students will work with their advisers to select the appropriate set of courses and will need to secure instructor approval to register for non-PMGT courses.

PMGT 601: Leadership and Self-Development I: Leadership Styles (3 credits)

PMGT 605: Digital Ethics and Intellectual Property (3 credits)

PMGT 606: Managing an Organization (3 credits) 

PMGT 608: Principles of Project Management (3 credits)

PMGT 610: Strategic Management (3 credits)

PMGT 614: Integrated Marketing Communications (3 credits)

PMGT 616: Financial Skills and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

PMGT 617: Principles of Marketing (3 credits)

PMGT 618: Economic Principles for Managers (3 credits)

PMGT 620: Leadership & Self-Development II: The Creative Professional (1.5 credits)

PMGT 621: Fundraising (1.5 credits)

PMGT 623: Grantwriting (1.5 credits)

PMGT 625: Organizational Law (3 credits)

PMGT 626: Nonprofit Leadership and Management (3 credits)

PMGT 630: Designing and Delivering a Learning Experience (1.5 credits)

PMGT 631: Public Administration (3 credits)

PMGT 638: Innovation in the Social Sector (3 credits)

PMGT 636: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

PMGT 641: Social Networks and New Media (1.5 credits)

PMGT 643: Writing for Different Audiences (3 credits)

PMGT 644: Strategies for Reaching the Media (3 credits)

PMGT 652: Performance Management and Organizational Development (3 credits)

PMGT 650: Models of Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)