Bonnie McCay

Graduate Certificate Director

Cook Office Building, Room 207

Human Dimensions of Environmental Change

A Graduate Certificate Program


Featuring: faculty and students from Agricultural Economics, Anthropology, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, Landscape Architecture, Marine Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Sociology, Urban Policy and Planning, and other graduate programs at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at the School of Biological Sciences

Rutgers University's Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences, on the New Brunswick campus, offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program on the human dimensions of environmental change. The result of collaboration among faculty from a number of graduate programs, this certificate program allows students to pursue a concentration in the social, cultural, economic, historical, planning and other human dimensions of environmental change while carrying out a regular program of studies in one of the existing graduate programs.

The program helps graduate students gain access to the outstanding resources available at Rutgers in areas such as environmental policy and economics, land use, marine conservation, natural resources management, conservation ecology, political ecology, GIS, climate change, ecological risk and environmental communication, environmental planning and management, natural hazards, environmental history, sociology, anthropology, and more.

Students who fulfill the following requirements will receive a certificate, signifying special achievement in the field:

1. Seminar on the Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (16:378:501)

A multidisciplinary course which surveys the human dimensions of environmental problems and the full range of disciplinary approaches used to study these problems.

2. Topics Seminar (16:378:502)

Each year this seminar focuses on a particular aspect of environmental problems, such as ecological risk, modeling and climate change, culture and environment in frontier regions, marine conservation policy, or institutional approaches to commons problems. Please consult the Graduate Director for information on the offering in any particular year. These courses are usually cross-listed with other courses being offered.

3. At least one of the courses listed below or similar courses from outside the student's own graduate program:*

Anthropology of Development Environmental Sociology
Coastal Geomorphology Fundamental Concepts of Environmental Science I,II
Colloquium in Environmental History Hazardous Waste Management
Conservation Ecology Legal Aspects of Environmental Planning
Earth System Science Maritime Anthropology
Ecological Anthropology Modeling of Climate Change
Ecological Aspects of Global Change Natural Hazards Management
Ecological Risk Natural Resource Management
Environmental Anthropology Principles of Solid Waste Management & Treatment
Environmental and Resource Economics Problems in Human Ecology
Environmental Law & Policy Seminar in Ecological Anthropology
Environmental Management Seminar in Environmental History
Environmental Management and Planning Sociology of Risk
Environmental Models *Note: This list is updated periodically; please see the Graduate Director for an updated list.
Environmental Problems in Developing Countries  
Environmental Risks  

For more information about the Certificate Program in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change or a list of participating faculty contact the Graduate Program Director.

For questions concerning admission for graduate study, or for application materials and information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions:
phone: 732.932.7711
  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Department of Human Ecology