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Environmental Humanities: Education

The Environmental Humanities Initiative at Princeton (EHP) offers educational programming including courses and support for independent field of study, allowing students to examine environmental topics through the lens of literary traditions, philosophy, history, and the arts.


As part of its curriculum, the Program in Environmental Studies offers courses at the intersection of environment and humanities including such topics as social justice and environmental stewardship; environmental history; analysis of contemporary urban form; environmental documentary and music theater; literature and the environment; environmental journalism; religion, ecology, and cosmology; and the art of sustainability.

Princeton’s environmental humanities curriculum is dynamic and strives to meet student interest in this emerging field of scholarly exploration. The list of environmental humanities courses is regularly updated.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates majoring in humanities disciplines with interest in exploring environmental topics may earn a Certificate in Environmental Studies by pursuing a prescribed combination of core and upper level courses as well as preparing a senior thesis that includes an environmental dimension.

Graduate Students

Princeton graduate students from the humanities and the sciences may apply to participate in the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (PEI-STEP), offered in affiliation with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This two-year program enables participating graduate students to explore the environmental policy dimensions of their doctoral research.

The Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars (PECS) group brings together highly talented and engaged Princeton Ph.D. students with research expertise ranging from energy security and technology to climate science and policy. PECS enhances the research experience of Princeton’s graduate students by encouraging students to transcend the boundaries of their fields. PECS fosters a sense of a common intellectual adventure. Graduate students from the humanities and social sciences with interest in energy and climate topics are encouraged to apply.