What is an environmental studies minor?
Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary synthesis of the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities, focused on solutions and exploration. The environmental studies minor is an elective secondary academic specialization meant to accompany and complement a student’s major course of study. At Furman, your minor may include courses in anthropology, business, economics, health sciences, politics and international affairs, sociology, English, philosophy, religion, biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics and sustainability sciences.
Why study environmental studies at Furman?
As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for interdisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. The environmental studies minor includes course options from more than 10 academic disciplines. Small class sizes help provide one-on-one access to faculty who are among the best in their fields. Students work directly with advisors on advanced research opportunities, taking advantage of state-of-the-art resources and facilities. Get in touch with our admissions team to learn more.
How will you learn?
Your Furman career will offer rich experiences both in and out of the classroom for a broad variety of study areas. Our focus on engaged learning leverages Furman’s strong undergraduate research, internship and study away opportunities. You’ll work closely in small classes with professors who are the best in their field. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.
Environmental studies courses: What will you learn?
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14academic departments with courses in the environmental science minor
94.6%percentage of full-time Furman faculty with the highest degree in their fields
9 to 1student-faculty ratio throughout the university
Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s environmental studies faculty represents decades of study and field expertise in multiple academic departments.
Like declaring a major, students meet with the minor chair to work out the details.
There is no limit to the number of minors a student can declare.
A minor program can be an excellent way to explore further interests, gain additional skills to attract future employers, and discover connections between different subjects you’re passionate about. Many students find that taking on a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.