EVRN 140: Global Environment I - The Discovery of Environmental Change
This interdisciplinary course and laboratory sections survey the foundations of environmental understanding and the process of scientific discovery from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the history of environmental systems and life on earth, the discovery of biotic evolution, ecological change, and climate change. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to earth systems and the development of environmental understanding using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 140 and HIST 140.) LEC.
EVRN 140 will be offered Fall 2020.
EVRN 142: Global Environment II - The Ecology of Human Civilization
This interdisciplinary course and its laboratory sections survey the history of humanity's relationship with the natural world over the long term from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the evolution of Homo sapiens and cultural systems; the development of hunter, gatherer, fisher, agricultural, and pastoral lifeways; the ecology of colonialism and industrial civilization, and the emergence of ideological and ethical perspectives on the relationship between nature and culture. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to the humanity's engagement with the global environment using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 142 and HIST 142.) LEC.
EVRN 142 will be offered Spring 2021.
EVRN 170: Introduction to Kansas Landscapes
A course focused on the land and environment of Kansas. Field trips provide students with direct experience of the diverse landscapes in our area. Coursework also emphasizes the dynamic nature of the current landscape and the natural and cultural processes that have shaped it. LEC.
EVRN 170 will be offered Summer and Fall 2020.
EVRN 171: Understanding Kansas Landscapes
An introduction to the research methods used by scholars in diverse fields, applied to environmental issues introduced in EVRN 170. Prerequisite: EVRN 170. LEC.
EVRN 171 will be offered Summer and Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.
EVRN 172: Kansas Landscape Projects
Students participate in the design and execution of a simple research project focused on a local environmental topic. Prerequisite: EVRN 170, and EVRN 171. LEC.
EVRN 172 will be offered Summer and Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.
EVRN 320: Environmental Policy Analysis
An historical and analytical study of the formulation, implementation, and consequences of environmental policy in the United States. Attention will be directed at relevant interest groups, issues specific to both rural and urban populations, relationships between national policies and international organizations concerned with environmental problems. LEC.
EVRN 320 will be offered Spring 2021.
EVRN 332: Environmental Law
An introduction to how the American legal process improves, transforms, and damages the natural environment. Emphasizes and compares shifting responsibilities of legal forces and institutions: judges and litigants, legislators and statutes, agencies and administrations, and citizens and regulated entities. LEC.
EVRN 332 will be offered Fall 2020.
EVRN 460: Field Ecology
Provides practical experience in the characterization of a diversity of ecosystem types; lakes, streams, forests, and prairies. This course is writing intensive, and designed for Environmental Studies majors. FLD.
EVRN 460 will be offered Summer and Fall 2020.
EVRN 615: Capstone Project
The capstone project provides students with a broad-based, interdisciplinary educational experience and allows them to integrate and synthesize the knowledge they have gained in their environmental studies major. It rejoins the cohort that has separately pursued the BA/BGS and BS tracks and places them in situations in which they address real world environmental issues with a team approach and produce professionally meaningful analytical reports. LEC.
EVRN 615 will be offered Spring 2021.
General Information and Application Instructions
Eligibility: All graduate students at the University of Kansas who meet University eligibility requirements are eligible to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistant appointment in the Environmental Studies Program. Note that most appointments in the Program are 0.50 FTE (20 standard hours) which is the maximum appointment allowed for graduate students so the ability to hold multiple positions on campus may be limited.
Benefits: GTAs appointed at 0.50 FTE will receive a 100% tuition waiver as well as campus fees for three credit hours. See the GTA Memorandum of Agreement or GTA Appointments policy for more information.
References: The application form requires the name, email, and phone number for two references. These should be individuals who are able to comment specifically on the applicant's potential to succeed as a GTA in Environmental Studies.
Each reference will be contacted by the Environmental Studies Program and will be asked to complete a recommendation form, a link to which will be provided at that time. Please notify your references prior to submitting your application. Letters of recommendation are not required. Any letters received in support of the applicant will be included in the documents provided to the scholarship committee, but will not be used in place of the recommendation form.
Applicants must complete a GTA application form and include the following:
- Current Degree Progress Report or transcript
- Statement of Interest
Please provide a brief statement of interest describing your qualifications for a GTA position in the Environmental Studies Program. Indicate the type of course(s) for which you would most like to work as a GTA. Please also indicate if you have a desire to teach Summer 2020.
The Online GTA Application Form and supporting materials must be received on or before March 30 by 11:59 PM.
We anticipate decisions to be announced by May 15, 2020.
Questions/concerns? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-5355.