Centre student creates the ultimate personal education by designing her own major
RELEASED: May 1, 2008
"Many of the environmental concerns of today stem from human use and abuse of our natural resources," Pratt says. "As a student and environmentalist, I'm interested in learning about the complex relationship that humans have developed with their environment."
Using the College's environmental studies minor as a foundation, Pratt designed a comprehensive curriculum that will prepare her to address what she calls "a growing resource crisis."
Pratt says, "Science alone can't solve all the problems facing our world today; however, through blending science and elements of the humanities, a more comprehensive and lasting approach to conservation can be achieved."
Her major, titled "Environmental Studies: Sustainable Resource Use," will pull heavily from courses listed in the biology and anthropology/sociology catalog, but will integrate credits from the history and English programs, as well. The courses listed in her proposed class schedule for the next two years include "American Environmental History" (HIS 361), "Getting Back to Nature" (ENG 386) and "GIS and the Environment" (ANT 360)—a course based on learning geographic information system modeling and mapping technology. And Pratt will have plenty of time to take numerous studio art courses as well as study abroad in Mexico and Australia.
While several colleges across the country offer environmental studies majors, Pratt says that her experience designing a personalized education plan at Centre has additional benefits.
Other self-designed majors include Middle Eastern Studies; Modern Languages; Ancient Mediterranean Language and Culture; Urban Development Studies; Design and Culture; Social Justice Studies; Studies in Creative Writing; Diversity Studies; European Studies: Politics, Economics, Language, Communication and Culture; and Japanese Studies
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