Frequently Asked Questions
To begin, students should read about each concentrationand consult the respective lists of suggested courses here.
Courseofferings change each year, sosearching the Yale College Program of Studyand Course Searchis always a good idea. If a suggested course is no longer offered, students may contact the courseinstructorfor helpfindingan appropriate replacement courseor to find out if the course will be offered in the near future.
Yes, and many EVST majors do. More frequently, students find that the established concentrations provide useful guideposts for selecting courses suited to their particular academic or professional goals in broad fields of study.
Courses that are listed as EVST seminars and assigned a writing (WR) credit typically fulfill this requirement, such as EVST 215, EVST 224, and EVST 212.
A major objective of this research and writing emphasis is to develop the skills that help with writing the EVST senior essay. Therefore, a BS candidate might fulfill this requirement with advanced seminars in other social sciences or humanities departments, taken within the context of their concentration, if the seminar has significant research and writing content. For example: Environmental Justice in Modern South Asia (EVST 324) introduces and requires students to gain familiarity with ethnographic and other anthropological research methods and contains a very substantial writing requirement.
Please meet with the DUS if you have questions.
The Environmental Studies department strongly encourages studying abroad! Keep in mind that one course/transfer credit per semester abroad can be counted towards your EVST concentration.
Read more about how to coordinate your study abroad experience with your EVST major here.
In addition to the prerequisites, the BS degree requires at least twelve course credits, consisting of the core requirements, the concentration, and the two-term senior essay requirement. Students who place out of the prerequisites may proceed with fulfilling the other remaining degree requirements.
The BA degree requires at least thirteen course credits, consisting of the core requirements, the concentration, and the senior essay requirement. Students who place out of introductory math or science classes may substitute another course from the same group of core courses or a higher level course in the same field. For example, a student who places out of Math 112 (single variable calculus) may take S&DS 101 or F&ES 510 or above or Math 115 or above.
EVST core courses are selected to be broadly representative of their respective fields of study in their manner of engaging environmental challenges. Relatively few courses meet that requirement and so substituting a course for one of the core requirements must meet a high bar for approval. Students wishing to propose a substitute for a core course should talk to the DUS.
For most students, the EVST major leads to the completion of a two-term senior essay that is a capstone project requiring significant independent research and study. EVST faculty and staff direct advising and supervisory capacity to supporting seniors writing essays for the completion of their BA or BS degrees. The EVST major will present opportunities for amazing experiences or insights. When it happens to you, save those moments and use them to develop a great topic for your senior essay.