The section below provides guidelines for students and advisors of freshmen and
sophomores contemplating a major in EVST. A description of the goals and philosophy
of the major is included in the catalog.
This Guide provides nuts and bolts advice about how to complete the major.
The EVST major is divided into three components, the Core (16 hours), the Breadth
(9-12 hours) , and the Area of Expertise (15 hours). The Core is a set of required
courses that must be taken in sequence (the exceptions are the internship which
can be done anytime during the Junior or Senior years, and EVST105 and 106 can be
taken in any order). Because the Core courses are sequenced, it is important that
students considering EVST begin the sequence in their freshman year (although it
can be started as a sophomore if absolutely necessary). The Breath is one elective
course in each of three categories. The Area of Expertise is a set of electives
with some constraints. All courses counted towards the major must be passed with
at least a C-.
A student must take least one course from each of the following categories. These
courses must be in addition to those used to satisfy the College’s Area of Knowledge
requirements. These courses can be used to satisfy the College’s Cross-Area Requirements.
a. Category 1 (natural sciences): BIOL121, BIOL 122, CHEM121, CHEM122, EVST300,
EVST245, GEOL 101, PHYS151, PHYS152
b. Category 2 (social sciences): ECON201, ECON202, ECON203, EVST319, PSCI201, PSCI
202, PSCI319, SOCI210, or SOCI383 (only when listed as “Environmental Sociology”).
c. Category 3 (humanities): PHIL212, PHIL213, PHIL280, or RELS235.
The Area of Expertise
The Area of Expertise is a set of electives from any department or program on campus
with the following constraints:
1) They must total at least 15 credit hours.
2) All credit hours must be within a single discipline and must be beyond the introductory
level. Courses considered introductory for certain disciplines are listed below
(consult the Chair of EVST about disciplines not listed). Students are encouraged
to satisfy the EVST Breadth requirement and the College’s AOK requirement with pre-requisite(s)
needed to take courses in the Area of Expertise. For example, if a student plans
to use Biology as their Area of Expertise, BIOL121 and BIOL122 should be taken to
fulfill the EVST Breadth and College AOK requirements so that the student has the
pre-requisites needed for the Area of Expertise.
3) We encourage students to double major in their area of expertise, but keep in
mind the college rule stipulating that at least ½ the credit hours counted towards
a major must be unique to that major (i.e., 21 of the credits counted towards EVST
cannot be counted towards a second major).
Recommended courses for certain disciplines
Although the Area of Expertise allows students to explore a particular discipline
in some depth, many students, particularly those considering graduate school, should
be encouraged to take more than the minimum requirements. These courses are considered
by R-MC faculty to be those of most importance to EVST majors contemplating graduate
An example schedule for an EVST major
To illustrate how the EVST major is completed, below is an example for a student
interested in Political Science as an “Area of Expertise”. If the student chose
a different AE, the choice of Breadth courses and AE courses would change. See the
footnotes for an explanation of how choice of AE affects the choice of Breadth courses.
*Note that PSCI202 is being used to fulfill the Breadth requirement inthe social
sciences; this is because the course is the pre-requisite for the AE upper level
courses. Ideally, the student would have taken PSCI201 to partially satisfy the
general education requirements under the Social Science Area of Knowledge.
**In this example, the credit hours within the AE total 25, not the required 26,
and so the student would have to take a 1-credit course to round out the AE program
(it could come from any discipline given that the AE allows “distribution” courses),
or would take a 4-hour course rather than all the 3 hour ones used in the example).