Infusing Environmental Sustainability Throughout The Curriculum

As part of the college's liberal education curriculum, students are required to explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationships to the environment through an environmental sustainability learning requirement and an environmental studies program.

Students have many options to meet this requirement. Environmental courses have been developed across the disciplines, including sociology, media studies, economics, computer modeling, and mathematics. Specific cross-cultural, environmentally themed courses range from Consumer Culture and the Environment to Quantitative Reasoning and the Environment to Environmental Ethics and Statistical Data Analysis with Environmental Issues in View.

Goucher also has an interdisciplinary environmental studies major with two concentrations -- environmental science or environment and society. Because Goucher offers this environmental studies major, as well as a minor, there are various courses in the discipline that provide students with basic tools for understanding global and local environmental issues.

A number of study-abroad programs have focused on environmental themes, with past environmentally focused courses including: Tropical Marine Biology in Honduras; Sacred Space, the Forbidden Forest, and Nature's Place in Contemporary Japan;  Brazilian Ecosystems; and Global-Local Challenges to Sustainability: The Costa Rican Experience. 


Program Goals for Environmental Sustainability