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academic program

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES The Environmental Studies Minor prepares students to understand and respond to the critical environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. With only one earth, whose resources are rapidly being exhausted by an ever-increasing population’s consumption, the vocation of the “good man and good citizen” is to come to a critical understanding of the environmental issues involved and to envision strategic responses of sustainability and trusteeship. Consistent with the interdisciplinary character of Hampden-Sydney College’s liberal arts tradition, the minor draws perspectives on the environment from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The minor requires students to complete coursework in each division so that they can appreciate the multi-dimensional character of the environment as viewed through scientific, political and economic, literary, and ethical and religious lenses. The minor is coordinated by a steering committee from disciplines which mirror these diverse perspectives. Students with a particular interest in environmental studies may elect to follow, in addition to the regular academic major, a coherent pattern of courses oriented to the environment. Students are introduced to both the scientific and the humanistic dimensions of environmental issues. The requirements for the minor are (a) Biology 108; (b) one course chosen from Physics 107, 108; Chemistry 105, 108, 110; Biology 109, 349 (c) one course chosen from Economics 212 or Government and Foreign Affairs 234; (d) two courses, from two different departments, chosen from English 199; Religion 103, 225; Economics 212 (if not used to satisfy part (c)); Government and Foreign Affairs 234 (if not used to satisfy part (c)); and (e) Interdisciplinary Studies 372. Provided the section is focused entirely on environmental history or issues, History 299, Rhetoric 360, and Rhetoric 370 may be applied to part (d) with prior approval. There are also extracurricular programs and internships. Students interested in the minor should consult the coordinator, Professor Goodman. MINOR IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES The Minor in Latin American Studies consists of eighteen hours in addition to successful completion of Spanish 201-202 or any 300-level course in Spanish. The eighteen hours of coursework must include (a) two or more courses from among History 209, History 210, Government and Foreign Affairs 227, Spanish 302, or Spanish 304; (b) three or more additional Latin American related courses chosen from two different departments, at least one


of which must be at the 300-400 level and may not have been used already to satisfy category (a) of the minor; (c) Interdisciplinary Studies 450, 451, 452, or 453; and (d) six credit hours in an approved study abroad program in a Latin American country. Study abroad courses which do not have a Latin American emphasis may be taken, but will not count toward the eighteen credit hours required for the minor. An internship experience in a Latin American country may be substituted for the six credit hours of study abroad, provided that it includes an academic component and is approved in advance for the minor. Recommended courses for satisfying category (b) of the minor include History 322, Spanish 310, 401 or 405, or any 300 or 400-level course with a Latin American emphasis, with prior approval from the Director, Professor Lehman. A student may petition the Director to add a course in substitution for one of the above if he can make the case that it is relevant to the interdisciplinary nature of the minor and/or his own specific interests in Latin America. Students pursuing a major or an additional minor in a related field (i.e. Spanish or History) may apply up to six credit hours toward both minors, or toward the related major. MINOR IN LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST The Leadership in the Public Interest minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to provide opportunities to study leaders and leadership concepts that are applicable to leadership, citizenship, and ethical decision making in a variety of contexts. This study will help students gain an understanding of the leadership process required to meet personal, professional, and civic challenges today. The Leadership in the Public Interest minor complements any academic major and provides formal learning experiences that can be supplemented by additional campus and community leadership experiences as part of the leadership development process. The requirements for the minor are eighteen hours including (a) Interdisciplinary Studies 101, Government and Foreign Affairs 101, Interdisciplinary Studies 395, and Interdisciplinary Studies 440; (b) one course chosen from Biology 130, Philosophy 314, or Religion 225; and (c) one course chosen from Business 222, 223, Economics 202, 217, 402, Government and Foreign Affairs 333, 442, History 220, 377, Interdisciplinary Studies 320, 375, Psychology 208, 310, Rhetoric 210, or Theater 321. Students electing to pursue this minor develop their course of study in consultation with their

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Academic Catalogue 2019-20  

Academic Catalogue 2019-20