The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

M.A. Concentration in Religion and Environment

[49 credit hours]

Drawing on the distinctive strengths of The School of Theology, The Center for Religion and the Environment, and the Environmental Studies Program and affiliated departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, the MA with a concentration in Religion and the Environment is a flexible program that utilizes Sewanee’s unique ability to contribute to an internationally-recognized and vibrant field of interdisciplinary inquiry.  After a basic grounding in the tools of biblical studies, theology, and ethics, distribution requirements guide students so they are exposed to a variety of perspectives on environmental issues, ranging from the "hard sciences" to policy studies.  Further elective work within the concentration allows the student to pursue specific interests, and a research project serves as the capstone in the concentration.

Students who have completed similar coursework at the time of matriculation may receive advanced standing for work already completed.

Theology Core (19 hrs):

Old Testament Foundations I
Old Testament Foundations II
New Testament Foundations I
New Testament Foundations II
Introduction to Moral Theology
Systematic Theology I
Bibliography, Research, and Writing

Concentration (27 hours)

Environmental theology (at least 3 hrs)
THEO 560 Creation, Evolution, and God (Crysdale)
THEO XXX Opening the Book of Nature: Creation, Ecology, and Economy (MacSwain/Gottfried)

Environmental Ethics (at least 3 hrs)
PHIL230: Environmental Ethics (Peters)
CEMT XXX: Environmental Ethics (MacSwain)

Environmental Policy (at least 3 hrs)
Fors 201: Natural Resource Issues and Policies (K. Smith)
Fors 270: Water Policy
POLS/ECON 381 Politics of Sustainable Development (Gottfried)
ENST 334. Environmental Policy
ENST 210: The Politics of Energy and Climate Change
ECON 335: Environmental Economics (Econ 101 prerequisite)
ENST 216: Global Environmental Problems and International Politics

Comparative religious environmentalism (at least 3 hrs)
REL 307. Religious Environmentalism (Brown)
REL 341. Religion and Ecology (G. Smith)
RELG 353: Buddhism and the Environment (Brown: offered every two years)
RELG 393: Rural Religion

Environmental Science (at least 3 hrs)
Bio 130 Investigations in Field Biology
Bio 209 Conservation Biology
Bio 210 Ecology
Bio 211 Biodiversity
Chemistry 103: Earth, Air, Water and Fire
Fors 121 Introduction to Forestry
Geol 121 Introduction to Geology

In addition to the fifteen hours listed above, a minimum of nine additional credit hours of coursework will be taken from the above courses or from those on the following list. These will be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor to create a concentration emphasis on policy, humanities/arts, or science. (To complete the 49 credit hours for the degree, three elective hours may be taken outside of the concentration and the core curriculum.)

Additional courses within the concentration:

ANTH 298 Ecological Anthropology (Ray)
ANTH 312: Place, Ritual, and Belief – Prerequisite: Anth 104 (offered every two years)
ENGL 2??:  Environmental Poetry and Contemplation (coming soon)
ENGL 370: British Romanticism:  the Early 19th Century
ENGL 393: Faulkner (when taught by J. Grammer)
ENGL 394:  Literature of the American South (when taught by J. Grammer)
ENGL 396 American Environmental Literature (also American Studies, Environmental Studies) (John Gatta)
Enst 200 Environmental Studies
ENST 283. Environmental History
ENST 302. Ecology, Evolution, and Agriculture
HIST 100: Environment in History
HIST 386: African Environmental History
MUSC 269: Music of the Birds and Bees: Music and Nature
THEA 4??:  Performing the Environment
RUSS 363:  Environment and Ecocide in Russian Literature
Biology 107: People and the Environment
Biology 109: Food and Hunger: Contemplation and Action
Biology 114: Botany
Biology 200: Entomology
Biology 201: Ornithology
Biology 202: Invertebrate Zoology
Biology 204: Parasitology
Biology 206: Plant Ecology
Biology 207: Biology of Lower Plants
Biology 215: Fungi
Biology 216: Algae and Bryophytes
Biology 221: Environmental Physiology of Plants
Biology 232: Human Health and the Environment
Biology 250: Molecular Evolution
Biology 305: Plant Physiology
Biology 310: Plant Evolution & Systematics
Biology 313: Ecosystems and Global Change
Biology 340: Microbiology
Computer Science 120: Introduction to Environmental Computing
Environmental Studies 201: Organic Agriculture
Environmental Studies 302: Ecology, Evolution, and Agriculture
Forestry 204: Forest Wildlife Management
Forestry 211: Dendrology
Forestry 212: Forestry in the Developing World
Forestry 230: Urban Forest Management
Forestry 303/Geology 303: Soils
Forestry 305: Forest Ecology
Forestry 312: Silviculture
Forestry 314/Geology 314: Hydrology
Forestry 316: Tropical & Boreal Forest Ecosystems
Forestry 319: Natural Resource Management
Geology 121: Physical Geology
Geology 215: Geological Resources
Geology 222: Historical Geology
Geology 230: Paleoecology
Geology 235: Earth Systems and Climate Change
Geology 323: Geology of the Western U.S.
Physics 105: Environmental Physics
Psychology 353: Animal Behavior

Research Project (3 hrs)

The student will undertake an independent research project. This is done in the last year of enrollment.  In the fall term, the student secures the agreement of a reader/adviser from the School of Theology and a reader/advisor from the College to supervise the project.  The student develops a project proposal in consultation with the readers, and no later than November 15 submits the proposal to the program adviser.  The program adviser circulates the proposal to the steering committee, which approves or rejects the proposal.  In the spring semester, the student registers for 3 credit hours of research. The research paper is to be a contribution to scholarly discussion. It is to be 5,500-7,500 words in length, exclusive of documentation and is to be submitted to the faculty readers/advisers once it is completed, no later than April 15 for graduation the following May.