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?

Sample courses include:

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  • 14
    academic 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 1
    student-faculty ratio throughout the university
What our students say
“Deciding to pursue the environmental studies minor was not only a pivotal point for my experience at Furman, but also for the path I chose. It allowed me to combine my knowledge from my applied mathematics major with topics that I am passionate about in a way I did not know was possible. The amazing support I received from the environmental studies professors, along with the skills I gained through their classes, is the reason I am where I am today, pursuing a Ph.D. in paleoclimate modeling.”
– Mary Grace Albright ’21

Our faculty

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.

John Quinn

Associate Professor, Biology; Director, Environmental Studies

Michele Speitz

Director, Furman Humanities Center; Associate Professor, English Literature

Katherine "Kate" Kaup 白荷婷

James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs

Suresh Muthukrishnan

Professor and Chair of Earth, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences Department; Director of GIS and Remote Sensing Center
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