Jul 24, 2024  
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Ethics Minor

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: Cumuluative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward the minor.

Other requirements: A minimum of 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at the University of Maine.

Contact Information: Derek Michaud, Chair,  Department of Philosophy, 109 Maples, derek.a.michaud@maine.edu, 207-581-3890

The Environmental Ethics minor is an interdisciplinary minor that combines focused courses in ethical reasoning about the environment, the philosophy of nature and environmental justice. It features a wide range of electives from across disciplines that specialize in the study of environmental values. In a world facing increasing challenges from climate change, this minor aims to provide students with ethical frameworks, multi-cultural awareness and a philosophical grasp of environmental justice issues pertaining to the Penobscot River, the state of Maine and beyond. Featuring a concentration in ethical and ecological thought, this minor should appeal to students in the humanities, sciences and other fields.

Environmental Studies Electives (9 credits)


1. *A student can take up to the additional two environmental philosophy courses, and have them counted toward the “Environmental Studies Electives”. These courses will first be counted toward the “Environmental Ethics Requirement.”
2. Selected topics courses that cover environmental humanities, ethics and policy can count toward the requirements of this minor, on a case by case basis. Students should consult with the campus advisor for the Environmental Ethics Minor to determine if a particular course not listed above can be counted toward the minor.

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