Welcome to our Lewis & Clark College ENVS Program digital scholarship sites, active during spring and fall semesters 2020. Here, ENVS students share with you the process and outcome of their work in five core courses, including ENVS 160, Introduction to Environmental Studies; ENVS 220, Environmental Analysis; ENVS 295, Environmental Engagement; ENVS 350, Environmental Theory; and ENVS 400, Senior Seminar.
Feel free to browse these sites and discover what is special about ENVS students and courses. If questions, please email the ENVS Program.
ENVS 160, Introduction to Environmental Studies, is by no means introductory! Many of our students find themselves to be challenged by what they learn in ENVS 160, and inspired to pursue deeper learning via subsequent ENVS courses. ENVS 160 consists of three sections: classic and contemporary environmental thought; situating environmental problems and solutions; and environmental engagement. Student digital scholarship, which ENVS students initially learn in 160, primarily involves synthesis outcomes they collectively produce for each of these three sections.
In ENVS 220, Environmental Analysis, students build skills in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods, and apply these skills toward team environmental projects reflecting an interdisciplinary situated research approach. Student digital scholarship includes their work cultivating and applying this methodological toolkit, as well as their areas of interest: broad topics representing student scholarly passion and focus, launched via ENVS 220 and further developed over subsequent years as the basis for their senior capstones.
ENVS 295 is our course on environmental engagement, where students develop skills in successfully connecting, and communicating, with diverse environmental stakeholders, facilitating productive conversation across difference. Students build on partnerships between the ENVS Program and a wide range of local and regional organizations, then propose and pursue engagement projects with these partners. Their digital scholarship reflects the process and outcome of these partner-based projects, including challenges, breakthroughs, and lessons learned.
ENVS 350, Environmental Theory, builds on the concepts ENVS students have learned in their entire major to date, including core and breadth courses and student areas of interest. Students weave these concepts into an interdisciplinary theoretical framework they can use as the basis for their capstone projects in ENVS 400. Student digital scholarship on this site includes the process and outcomes of their work exploring, and integrating, these diverse conceptual strands of their curriculum, and applying their efforts toward the specific research they will do in their capstones.
ENVS 400, Senior Seminar, is the final core course students take in the ENVS major. Here they complete their interdisciplinary capstone projects initiated via ENVS 350, and document their projects via a variety of outcomes, as the projects advance through a situated hourglass starting with broad theoretical frameworks, moving to specific empirical research, and ultimately exploring larger implications. Student capstones are often the largest research and writing projects they have ever done, and they are justly proud to document and share these capstones on this site.