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Environmental Politics

The program of study in Environmental Politics combines a rigorous and diverse set of courses from the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities to help students develop conceptual and problem solving skills to address global issues that are by nature complex and interdisciplinary. The Environmental Politics major is administered by the Department of Politics, in consultation with the History, Economics and Business, Modern Languages, and Classics Departments.

Course requirements: Students in the Environmental Politics major must take a minimum of 10 courses, as specified in the requirements below.

  • PO102 American Government
  • PO104 Comparative Politics
  • PO106 International Relations
  • PO203 Political Science Research Methods
  • One political theory course: either PO201 (Elements of Political Theory: Classical) or PO202 (Elements of Political Theory: Modern)
  • PO478 Senior Seminar
  • Four electives taken from any of the other courses offered by the Politics Department.
  • Senior Comprehensive Examination: All  students must take a written comprehensive exam in their senior year.

Major Electives. Students must complete four of the following courses, including either PO214 or PO224.

  • PO214 International Law
  • PO224 International Organization and Global Governance
  • PO205 Diplomacy
  • BI320 Ecology
  • BI329 Plant Biology
  • BI340 Field Studies in Tropical Biology
  • EC250: Environmental Economics
  • SO343 Economy and Society
  • HI374 Special Topics - US Environmental History
  • CL275 Archeology

Internships: Students are encouraged to work with different institutions and agencies in the state and the larger region (e.g., the regional administration of the Environmental Protection Agency in Boston, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, the Society for Protection of N.H. Forests, the N.H. Chapter of the Audubon Society, or the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Environmental Defense Fund), all of  which may engage students in a practical application of their training.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English Environmental Politics
Gen. Biology or Chem. & Society Microeconomics
Language Language

In the sophomore year: Environmental Studies majors generally take Theories and Ideologies in Environmental Politics (PO208) in the fall or spring term, and Biosphere at Risk (BI205) and a major elective in the  fall or spring term. Depending on initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by other core or major requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

In the junior year: Environmental Studies majors generally take International Political Economy (PO232) and a major elective in the fall term. In the spring term they take either PO214 (International Law) or PO224 (International Organization and Global Governance), as well as an major elective. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by other core or major requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

In the senior year: Environmental Studies majors take Senior Seminar (PO478) in their fall term. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by other core or major requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.