Requirements for the Climate Justice, Science, and Policy Minor

About the Minor

Anthropogenic climate change poses a major threat to both human society and the natural world. Moreover, climate change will have—and indeed, is already having—a disproportionate impact on low income, vulnerable populations. Brandeis Environmental Studies Program will prepare students to address the issues of climate change and social justice with the new Climate Justice, Science and Policy Minor (CJSP).

A total of five courses are required for the Climate Justice, Science, and Policy Minor, plus one climate justice or science policy professional development activity. Required courses include:

Students are encouraged to take ENVS 39B early in the minor, but it is not a prerequisite to any of the other courses.

Core Courses

Students must complete the following course:

Course Number Course Title
ENVS 39B Climate Change: Causes, Impacts, Responses and Solutions

Students must complete one Climate Social Science or Humanities Course (with a Justice Focus). Options include:

Course Number Course Title
ANTH 151B   Nature, Culture, Power
COML/ENG 70B  Environmental Film, Environmental Justice
GECS 188B Human/Nature: European Perspectives on Climate Change

Students must complete one Climate Science Course. Options include:

Course Number Course Title
ENVS 42B 
Climate Science
BIOL 39B Biology of Global Climate Change
ENVS 19B Evolution of the Earth
ENVS 21B Oceanography

Students must complete one Climate Policy Course. Options include:

Course Number Course Title
ENVS 36B  Climate Change Economics and Policy
ENVS107B  Atmospheric Civics and Diplomacy

Elective

Students must complete one Environmental Studies Elective. Options include:

Course Number Course Title
GECS 188B  Human/Nature: European Perspectives on Climate Change
ENVS 36B  Climate Change Economics and Policy
ENVS 39b  Climate Change: Causes, Impacts, Responses and Solutions
ENVS 42b  Climate Science
ENVS107B  Atmospheric Civics and Diplomacy
COML/ENG 70b  Environmental Film, Environmental Justice
FIN 235a  Investing in Energy: Fossil Fuels to Cleaner Energy
BIOL 17b  Conservation Biology
BIOL 39B  Biology of Global Climate Change
ENVS 19b  Evolution of the Earth
ENVS 21b  Oceanography

Professional Development 

Students must complete a Climate Justice or Science Policy Professional Development activity (PD). PD opportunities could include climate justice or advocacy workshops, training, or conferences as approved by the minor advisor. The activity must be pre-approved by the minor advisor and students will need to report out on their experiences as part of the requirement. Students should assess costs associated with such activities and discuss with the advisor about how to access university funds to support them. Students unable to participate in an off campus PD activity may take HWL7 Your Brain on Carbon to fulfill this requirement. HWL7 is a non-credit bearing 6 week offering part of the Health, Wellness, and Life Skills modules expected to be offered annually each spring.

Special Notes