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Liaison Nancy Apple
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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Mount Holyoke College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

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Complete Reporter Nancy Apple
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Environmental Health & Safety
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Studies Major and Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Environmental Studies department offers six concentrations that allow students to: focus on the science and policy behind conserving biodiversity and ecosystem function; examine the structure and function of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; deepen their understanding of the relationship between global environmental issues and human well-being around the world; focus on the study of the political, economic, historical, and cultural forces that shape environmental politics; study the geology associated with environmental studies issues; connect the living world to the physical processes that shape the Earth and produced the geological record; and finally, study the effects of shifting cultural conceptions of nature on environmental change, how environments affect human communities and how environments are shaped through cultural and historical change.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Development Studies Nexus Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The Development Studies Nexus track gives students the analytical skills to understand the complexities of global poverty, inequality, and injustice and strategies that state and non-state actors have used to improve the well-being of the people. Through an interdisciplinary set of courses, devised in consultation with the Nexus track chair, students can explore the relationships among history, politics, economics and power that shape the conditions and choices that developing countries and marginalized people around the globe face. Ultimately, the track enables students to engage thoughtfully with the development endeavor, and to imagine ways to promote social, economic, and environmental justice from the personal to the global scale.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Five College Sustainability Studies Certificate Program

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

"Sustainability will be essential to the formulation of sound environmental, economic and social progress in the twenty-first century. The Five College Sustainability Studies Certificate (FCSS) program is designed to engage students in a structured course of study that will draw on courses from across the campuses in a range of disciplines. Students complete an internship, independent research project, or advanced course work in sustainability studies.

The Five College Sustainability Studies Certificate is currently available to undergraduate students at Amherst College, Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College."


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

"The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to undergraduate students enrolled in the five campuses (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and Amherst College). Through field trips and active affiliations with some of the nation's premier centers for marine study, students engage in hands-on research to complement course work. Many students who participate in the program go on to advanced study or professional work in various areas of marine science.

Faculty from both natural and social sciences teach courses in the program. The disciplines represented include biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, engineering, wildlife management, geography, geology, physics and zoology in the natural sciences, and government, public policy and economics in the social sciences. "


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