The Environmental Sociology concentration takes sociology’s long established disciplinary orientation to the world and applies it to the study of nature-society relations. Sociology is about people, institutions, and behaviors. It is about social interactions and social structures. The task of the sociologist, therefore, is to stand back from commonsense views of the world and understanding the structure and processes of a society as a whole, including global societies. Environmental sociology is about translating these tasks into analysis and action around environmental issues. Some of the pressing contemporary environmental issues that environmental sociology can be applied to are, for example, transboundary pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, and water and soil degradation. Students will find the concentration helpful in preparing them for a growing number of jobs that have a focus in environmentally related matters.

Effective Spring 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Select one from the following: 3
General Sociology (GT-SS3)3C 
Social Problems (GT-SS3)3C 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Mathematics11B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences2 3
Electives 11
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
SOC 220Global Environmental Issues (GT-SS3)3E3
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences2 6
Environmental Sociology Electives3 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
Select one from the following: 3
Quantitative Sociological Analysis  
STAT 2** Statistics4
  
Select one from the following: 3
Development of Sociological Thought  
Contemporary Sociological Theory  
Social and Behavioral Sciences2 12
Environmental Sociology Electives3 3
Electives 9
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
SOC 311Methods of Sociological Inquiry4A,4B3
SOC 313Computer Methods in Sociology 1
Select one group from the following: 3-4
Group A:
  
Capstone Seminar4C 
Group B:
  
Community Dynamics and Development4C 
Group C:
  
Internship4C 
Seminar4C 
Environmental Sociology Electives3 6
Electives5 16-17
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120

Environmental Sociology Electives

Sociology Courses
Select 6-12 credits from the following: 6-12
Population-Natural Resources and Environment
Soil, Environment, and Society
Introduction to Environmental Justice
Sociology of Environmental Governance
Political Sociology
Social Change
Agriculture and Global Society
Society and Environment
Water, Society, and Environment
Applied Social Change
Sociology of Disaster
Environmental Justice
Out-of-Department Courses
Students may select up to 6 credits from the following courses, in addition to a minimum of 6 credits from the sociology courses listed above, for a total of 12 credits 6
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World
New Orleans and the Caribbean
Environmental Health
Human Disease and the Environment
American Environmental History
World Environmental History, 1500-Present
Natural Resources History and Policy
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability
Environmental Ethics
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy
Global Environmental Politics
Environmental Psychology
1

Select three credits of mathematics from category 1B of the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) except MATH 105 .

2

Select from a department list of approved courses.

3

Select 12 credits from the department list below of eligible upper division sociology courses. A total of 6 credits can come from outside sociology. See the department list for preapproved courses. Students can also petition the department for program credit when >25% of course material and grading are related to environment and society.

4

Select STAT 201 General Statistics or any statistics course 200-level and above.

5

Select enough elective credits to bring program total to minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Social and Behavioral Sciences   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following: X 3
General Sociology (GT-SS3)  3C 
Social Problems (GT-SS3)  3C 
MathematicsX 1B3
Electives   8
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   14
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOC 220Global Environmental Issues (GT-SS3)  3E3
Advanced Writing  23
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Environmental Sociology Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  3
Quantitative Sociological Analysis    
STAT 2**
X   
Social and Behavioral Sciences   6
Environmental Sociology Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  3
Development of Sociological Thought    
Contemporary Sociological Theory    
Social and Behavioral Sciences   6
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOC 313Computer Methods in SociologyX  1
SOC 311Methods of Sociological InquiryX 4A,4B3
Environmental Sociology Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   6
Electives   5
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:X  3-4
Group A:    
Capstone Seminar  4C 
Group B:    
Community Dynamics and Development  4C 
Group C:    
Internship  4C 
Seminar  4C 
ElectivesX  11-12
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120