Global Environmental Studies Overview
Global Environmental Studies (GES) majors study the relations between society and environment. The major is structured so that students can critically understand how economic, cultural and political processes transform the earth’s environment. Completing the GES major involves taking classes that explore the relationship between society and environment from differing disciplinary perspectives. This means that although the major is administered by the School of Geography, GES majors can take classes that count towards the major in other programs, including: Visual and Performing Arts; International Development, Community and Environment; Biology; Chemistry, Physics, Economics; Political Science; Management; Philosophy; Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Completing the GES major requires students to take 12 courses with GES attributes. These courses are listed in the GES Program Guide. The major is structured so that students build foundational knowledge in their core courses, and then move onto develop one of three specialized set of skills. The selection of classes and identification of specialization should be undertaken in collaboration with a GES faculty advisor. Given the breadth of the GES major, it is imperative that students actively construct their major, understanding why they are taking particular classes and identify specific learning outcomes for the major.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES OF THE MAJOR
- Build foundational knowledge in society-environment relations from different disciplinary perspectives
- Develop a specialized skill set that is applicable to particular scholarly and vocational areas
- Understand both conventional and critical perspectives on society-environment relations
- Build an awareness of the ways in which peoples can actively manage and change their environments
For additional information, students should consult the GES Program Guide, available on the GES Clark web page.
The Clark Advantage
Geography majors, Global Environmental Studies (GES) majors, and Environmental Science (ES) majors concentrating in Earth System Science (ESS) have the opportunity to work on research projects with faculty members and graduate students in one of the most prestigious graduate programs of geography worldwide. Summer Fellowships are available for qualified students to participate in the Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program, an intensive summer academic-year research effort focused on environmental change in New England. Eligible majors also have the opportunity to enter the accelerated M.S. in GIScience program. Other accelerated masters programs include International Development and Social Change, Environmental Science and Policy, and Community Development and Planning.
Geography, GES, and ESS undergraduates are served by the Clark University Geography Association (CUGA) and Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international geographic honors society.
CUGA is the voice of Geography, GES, and ESS majors, with student representation on the undergraduate studies committee and the opportunity to attend departmental meetings. CUGA representatives are able to vote at department meetings and give their ideas and opinions on various topics that concern undergraduate majors. They also attend field trips and host events, such as the annual Practicing Geography Week.
Gamma Theta Upsilon is an international honor society. In order to become members, initiates must have completed a minimum of three geography courses, have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.3, and have completed at least three semesters of college course work. For more information on Gamma Theta Upsilon please see their official website.
Students wishing to minor in GES must complete a total of eight courses from the following components of the progam. Two courses may be double counted for the major and minor.
Five Core Courses
Global Environmental Studies minors are required to take 5 core courses. Students are required to take one course from the GES State of the Earth list and one course from the GES Natural Science list. The remaining three courses must be chosen from the remaining areas (more than one course can be taken in the same area).
Please refer to the GES Major Requirements page for course listings and further details.
One Skills Course
One skills course is required.
Please refer to the GES Major Requirement page for course listings and further details.
Two Specialization Courses
Global Environmental Studies minors must take 2 Specialization courses. Please refer to the GES Major Requirement page for course listings and further details.
Global Environmental Studies Faculty
Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
Anthony Bebbington, Ph.D.
Asha Best, Ph.D.
Mark Davidson, Ph.D.
Abby Frazier, Ph.D.
Lyndon Estes, Ph.D.
Karen Frey, Ph.D.
Joseph Getzoff, Ph.D.
Dominik Kulakowski, Ph.D.
Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
James McCarthy, Ph.D.
James T. Murphy, Ph.D.
Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr, Ph.D.
Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.
John Rogan, Ph.D.
Florencia Sangermano, Ph.D.
Christopher Williams, Ph.D.
Denise Bebbington, Ph.D.
Halina Brown, Ph.D.
Sarah Buie, M.F.A.
Patrick Derr, Ph.D.
Timothy Downs, D.Env.
Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
Robert Goble, Ph.D.
Todd Livdahl, Ph.D.
Bruce London, Ph.D.
Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Brenda Nikas-Hayes, Department Administrator and Assistant to the Director
TBA, Administrator of Degree Programs
TBA, Office Coordinator
Global Environmental Studies Courses
Courses offered within the last 2 Academic Years
- ARTS 120 - Introduction to Photography
- ARTS 121 - Intermediate Photography
- ARTS 122 - Introduction to Digital Photography
- ARTS 162 - Exploring the Natural World: Seeding Artistic Process with Drawing and Mixed Media
- BIOL 084 - Biodiversity
- BIOL 101 - Introduction to Biology I
- BIOL 102 - Introduction to Biology II
- BIOL 105 - Evolution
- BIOL 106 - Introductory Biostatistics
- BIOL 114 - Marine Biology
- BIOL 117 - Epidemiology
- BIOL 119 - Herpetology
- BIOL 207 - Conservation Biology
- BIOL 216 - Ecology
- ECON 010 - Economics and the World Economy
- ECON 128 - Intro to Economic Development
- ECON 245 - The History of Global Economy
- ECON 248 - Living on the Edge? Latin America, Asia and the Global Economy since 1600
- ECON 253 - Natural Resource Economics
- EN 101 - Environmental Science and Policy: Introductory Case Studies
- EN 120 - Discovering Environmental Science
- EN 207 - Climate Change, Energy and Development
- EN 217 - Place-Based Ecological Knowledge
- EN 228 - Food Security and Climate Change
- EN 242 - Sustainable Development Assessment and Planning
- EN 245 - Natural Resource Management
- EN 251 - Global Environmental Issues: Science, Technology and Policy
- ENT 202 - Entrepreneurial Marketing and Communications
- GEOG 016 - Introduction to Economic Geography
- GEOG 017 - Environment and Society
- GEOG 018 - Environment and Development in the Global South
- GEOG 020 - American Cities: Changing Spaces, Community Places
- GEOG 028 - Discover Worcester
- GEOG 052 - Global Change, Regional Challenges
- GEOG 102 - Weather and Climate
- GEOG 104 - Earth System Science
- GEOG 106 - Water and the City: A Socio-Hydrology of Worcester and its Environs
- GEOG 110 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- GEOG 116 - Forest Ecology
- GEOG 119 - The Arctic in the Anthropocene
- GEOG 136 - Gender and Environment
- GEOG 141 - Research Design and Methods in Geography
- GEOG 156 - Getting to Zero: Clean Energy for a Climate-Safe Future
- GEOG 157 - Psychogeography and Cultural Spaces
- GEOG 190 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science
- GEOG 196 - Development and Environment in Latin America: Difficult Questions, Creative Responses
- GEOG 205 - Introduction to Hydrology
- GEOG 216 - Field Methods for Environmental Science
- GEOG 220 - Property and the Global Environment
- GEOG 242 - Everyday Urban Life (Urban Ethnography Lab)
- GEOG 246 - Geospatial Analysis with R
- GEOG 247 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
- GEOG 248 - Social Justice and the City
- GEOG 252 - Urban Design Research Lab
- GEOG 259 - Global Change, Food and Farming Systems
- GEOG 260 - GIS & Land Change Models
- GEOG 261 - Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy
- GEOG 263 - The Climate System and Global Environmental Change
- GEOG 279 - GIS & Map Comparison
- GEOG 280 - Urban Ecology: Cities as Ecosystems
- GEOG 282 - Advanced Remote Sensing
- GEOG 287 - New Methods in Earth Observation
- GEOG 283 - Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change
- GEOG 293 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
- GEOG 296 - Advanced Raster GIS
- HIST 235 - The Atlantic World
- ID 108 - What is Public Health?
- ID 120 - Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
- ID 121 - Culture, Health, and Development: What Makes Us Sick?
- ID 125 - Tales from the Far Side: Contemporary Dilemmas in Development
- ID 208 - Health (in)equity: social determinants and policy solutions
- ID 220 - Critical Pedagogy for Social and Environmental Justice: Liberal Arts Education in Practice
- ID 221 - Food Systems: Place, Politics and Policy
- ID 233 - Approaches to Community Health
- ID 248 - Gender and Health
- ID 257 - Sex and development: the intersection of sexuality, morality, and modernity
- ID 277 - Approaches to Global Health
- ID 282 - Community Based Health Research
- ID 291 - Refugees, Forced Migration, and Belonging
- ID 296 - Advanced Vector GIS
- IDND 020 - Writing: Life Among Beasts
- MGMT 100 - The Art and Science of Management
- ACCT 203 - Management Accounting
- MGMT 260 - Applying the Art and Science of Management (Capstone)
- BLAW 262 - Business Ethics and Law
- PECO 101 - Introduction to Peace Studies
- PHIL 131 - Environmental Ethics
- PHYS 243 - Technology of Renewable Energy
- PSCI 157 - U.S. Environmental Politics
- PSCI 216 - Comparative Environmental Politics
- SCRN 107 - Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
- SCRN 214 - Social and Cultural Issue Documentary Production
- SOC 205 - Sociology of the Environment
- SOC 265 - Activism, Protest, and Social Movements