MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities

Oregon State University

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2015
Date Posted: April 13, 2016
Submitted by: Julian Dautremont-Smith
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree


This degree program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in the arts/humanities or the environmental/natural resource sciences and a deep interest in broadening their education to include arts/humanities-based perspectives and skills. In its foundation courses, the M.A. will provide students a reciprocal understanding of the working methods of environmental science and environmental arts/humanities. Then it invites students to focus on one of three graduate areas of concentration: environmental imagination (arts, communication, creative writing, moral imagination), environmental action (community leadership, movement building, media power, cultural diversity, social justice, the history of structural change), or environmental thinking (moral reasoning, critical thinking about environmental issues, conceptual analysis of complex problems, reasoning with facts and values). Students in the M.A. program will learn these skills in the context of work in a particular area of concern, work that will include courses, collaborative field experience, and the thesis or project.

Learning Outcomes

Students with an MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities will be able to:

  • Apply practical and moral reasoning skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively

  • Utilize effective communication and writing skills

  • Apply collaborative decision-making and community leadership strategies

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the diverse cultural, moral, historical, and spiritual dimensions of environmental decisions.

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