Climate and Society Minor

The Climate and Society Minor provides insights into the complex relationship and interactions between climate and society – particularly how climate change affects society and how human actions influence physical Earth changes. Students can take courses on long-term environmental and global climate change, environmental racism and justice, water as a resource, and the geography of disasters.  

Students learn how to analyze and evaluate physical environments and human systems, collect, organize, and interpret data, use geospatial technologies and statistics, and communicate their findings. The skills students build in this minor will translate across fields in the academic, business, government and non-profit sectors. This minor may benefit students in many primary areas of study such as history, environmental studies, political science, anthropology, public health and more.  

Climate and Society Minor (19 hours)

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
GEOG 202Weather and Climate4
GEOG 346Climate and Society3
Total Credit Hours7

Additional Courses

Course Title Credits
Select 4 courses from the following: 12
The Geography of Disasters
Water as a Resource
Hurricanes and Tropical Climatology
Air Pollution Climatology
Environmental Hazards
Long-Term Environmental Change
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Climatic Change and Variability
Processes of Global Environmental Change
Environmental Racism and Justice
Energy, Society and Sustainability
Socionatural Coastlines in Global Perspective
Socionatural Coastlines in Global Perspective

Note: Courses taken in the Climate and Society minor cannot also count toward courses used to satisfy other major requirements.