Environment and Society (minor)

Humankind is not living within the fixed carrying capacity of our planet — with severe consequences for our own and future generations.

Science is essential to understanding the nature of the threats to the environment and human health. But humanities and social sciences, the disciplines that focus on the human experience, provide insight into how we came to be in this mess, what our ethical obligations are to each other and future generations, and what political, economic, and social strategies might be employed to address environmental problems and promote a more sustainable society.

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What would I study?

You have amazing flexibility to choose among environment and sustainability related courses offered across the faculty, and indeed by other faculties.

It’s up to you to put together a combination of courses from approved lists that most interests you, and that best complements your major or honours program.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for the list of courses to choose from.

How is this program different from Environmental Science?

Although there are 6 science credits as part of the minor, it is for the most part an arts, rather than science, program, with most courses drawn from humanities and social sciences. It would interest students primarily interested in the human side of human-environment interactions.

All courses credited toward the minor must be drawn from disciplines other than the concurrent major or honours degree.


The minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing.


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Questions regarding the minor in Environment and Society should be directed to Arts Academic Advising.