May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Studies Minor

Environmental Studies Minor Program Information

Department of Appalachian Studies

Director: Kevin O’Donnell, Ph.D.
313 Burleson Hall
Box 70683
(423) 439-6679

Department Chair: Ron Roach, Ph.D.
222 Nicks Hall
Box 70556
(423) 439-7995

Web Address:

Students in the Environmental Studies Minor will study the social, political, and ethical implications of environmental problems and solutions. This interdisciplinary minor combines perspectives from the natural and physical sciences with perspectives from the social sciences and humanities.

This minor emphasizes service-learning and field experience, and it offers a regional focus. A number of the courses focus on the environment in the Appalachian Region, within a national and global context.

The Environmental Studies Minor, combined with training in a traditional discipline, will help prepare students for graduate study and careers in business, public health, public policy and administration, environmental law, environmental writing, and more.

Environmental Studies Minor Requirements: 18 credits

At least 9 credits must be at the 3000-level or above.

Advisor Approved Electives: 12 credits

Two (2) courses from category A, one (1) from category B, and one (1) from category C.

A. Humanities/Social Sciences Survey Courses

Choose two (2) courses from the following:

C. Special Interest Courses

Choose one (1) course from the following or substitute another ETSU course in consultation with the Director of the Environmental Studies minor.


No more than (3) three credits which are counted towards a student’s major may also be counted towards the Environmental Studies Minor.

Minor Requirement

A minor is a secondary area of study outside of the major program of study with a structured curriculum composed of at least 18 credits of which at least 9 credits must be at the 3000-level or above.