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-. The Core
The BreadthA 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, PHYS152b. 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.
Recommended courses for certain disciplinesAlthough 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 school.
An example schedule for an EVST majorTo 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.