Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies

The graduate certificate in Environmental Studies is a five course program emphasizing Humanities and Social Science approaches to the study of the environment. It provides an academic forum for understanding environmental issues in their social, symbolic, historical and political dimensions.


The Graduate Certificate has been designed to meet a variety of student needs:

  1. Graduate students currently enrolled in masters and doctoral programs who can build from a concentration in environmental studies.
  2. Community professionals and activists engaged in environmentally-focused agencies and governmental offices.
  3. Teachers needing certification courses.
  4. Teachers searching for an environmental issues component for their curricula.


The Certificate consists of a minimum of five courses passed with a B or better. No more than two courses from the same department will count towards the certificate. 

The following list of courses represents current and past course offerings in relevant departments--forthcoming courses are listed in bold.  Students choose five such courses; no more than two from a single department will count toward the certificate.  Please contact the program coordinator for current course offerings, or refer to FAU's Registration Portal for courses in the following areas:

AMH 5905: Reading in American History: American Environmental History

AMH 6939: Seminar in U.S. History: American environmental History

ANT 5195: Zooarchaeology

ANT 6589: Seminar in Biological Anthropology I

CRW 6024: Writing the Environment

CST 7306: Science as a Public Matter

CST 7309: New Materialisms: Nature, Culture, Environment

CST 7931: Biological Borderlines - Bioethics and Biotechnogy

CST 7931: Atmosphere, Aura, Mood (Fall 2024, Mondays 4-6:50pm, Dr. Richard Shusterman)

CST 7936: Theorizing Infrastructures (Spring 2025, Mondays 1-3:50pm, Dr. Stacey Balkan)

ENG 6934: Postcolonial Environments

EVR 6417: Paleoenvironments and People

ENV 6932: Sustainability and Pollution Prevention (Fall 2024, Mondays 7:10-10pm, Dr. Dan Meeroff)

GEA 6277: Human-Environmental Interactions

GEO 6808: Food:  Environment and Culture

JOU 6931: Environmental Crises Discourse (Fall 2024, Tuesdays 10am - 12:50pm, Dr. Robert Gutsche)

LIT 6105: Petrocultures

LIT 6934: The Literature of Extraction/Reading Energy Culture

MMC 6801: Media and the Environment

PUP 6208: Urban Environmental Politics

PUP 6105: Politics of Planning and Growth Managment

SYD 6517: Seminar in Global Environmental Perspectives (Fall 2024, Tuesdays 4-6:50pm, Dr. Patricia Widener)

SYD 6934: Seminar in Globalization and Development (Fall 2024, Wednesdays 4:20-7pm, Dr. Carter Koppelman)

URP 6425: Environmental Analysis

WST 6348: Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice (Fall 2024, Tuesdays 4-6:50pm, Dr. Jane Caputi)

DIS: Directed independent study in any supporting department. Limited to one course.

*current course syllabi may be accessed through the university's Simple Syllabus database. 

New courses will be added to the program in the future.

For more information, or to register for the program, please contact us.