Environmental Policy and Conflict PhD

Program Description

This option allows environmental science graduates students to gain formal recognition for their curricular emphasis in one or both of two closely related areas: Environmental Policy and Environmental Conflict Management. The Environmental Policy emphasis provides students with advanced understanding of international, national, and state environmental law regulation, methods for dealing effectively with environmental agencies, techniques for analyzing the benefits and costs of environmental policies and approaches for involving stakeholders in environmental policy deliberation. The Environmental Conflict Management emphasis trains students in understanding and communicating about uncertainty, reducing controversy, building trust and managing conflict. Students will be encouraged to acquire theory and skills in conflict assessment and alternative dispute resolution. All students pursuing this option will be required to develop substantive expertise in at least one of the following technical areas: water management, waste management, natural resources management, and risk management.

Graduates focusing on this option will be prepared for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, community relations and outreach firms, and compliance and public relations units within industry and business.

Required core courses

ENVR 5303 Issues in Environmental Sustainability

ENVR 5123 Environmental Problem Analysis

ENVR 5210 Genres of Environmental Writing

Suggested Additional Courses

ENGL 5583 Environmental writing

LSB 5203 Foundations of Issue and Conflict Management

MGMT 4713 Negotiation Essentials

MGMT 5713 Negotiation and Third-Party Dispute Resolution

PSYC 4213 (S) Conflict Resolution

AGEC 5503 Economics of Natural and Environmental Resource Policy

CIVE 5823 Environmental Risk Assessment and Management

ENVR 5733 Environmental Site Assessment

GEOG 4113 Cultural and Political Ecology

POLS 5313 Public Management

POLS 5653 Risk Assessment in Emergency Management Planning