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Environmental Justice (Minor)

22 Credits  |   Main Campus

Understand the impacts of environmental issues, advocate for social change, and take action for equity in environmental policies

With a long devotion to social justice rooted in our mission as a Catholic college for women, Trinity offers an Environmental Justice minor, as part of the Global Affairs program.  Environmental Justice is the idea that all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or income, have equitable and meaningful involvement in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental policies. A minor in Environmental Justice equips students with the knowledge and skills to advocate for social change and to take action against environmental issues largely affecting marginalized communities.

The minor is open to all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and aligns particularly well with the major programs in Biology, Chemistry, Business Administration, Health Services, Global Affairs, Journalism and Media Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. Students pursuing this minor, across a range of fields, will have numerous opportunities to study and engage in significant environmental work in the greater Washington region. This Environmental Justice minor also prepares graduates for career opportunities in politics, the sciences, social work, business, healthcare, urban planning, and law.

Students in the environmental justice minor will:

• Understand the history leading to environmental injustices in the world today.

• Be literate in the basic science behind environmental issues.

• Make connections between their chosen career path, impacts on environmental justice, and intersections with other fields of study.

• Find and communicate solutions to environmental issues.

• Learn and practice skills necessary to advocate for environmental justice and other causes.

• Identify and get involved with organizations working to improve environmental justice.

What You’ll Learn

How environmental issues impact different communities

How government policies, corporations, and individuals influence environmental issues

Basic scientific concepts behind the interactions of people and their environment

How to communicate about environmental justice to different audiences

How to find and get involved with relevant organizations to advocate for environmental justice

Local Internships

Potomac River Keepers Network
National Arboretum
Anacostia Watershed Society
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Nature Forward
Chesapeake Bay Trust

Global Careers

Sustainability Consultant
Urban Planner
Community Organizer
Environmental Chemist
Environmental Technician

Bachelor’s Degree
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Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree
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Applying to the Environmental Justice (Minor) Program

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College of Arts & Sciences Admissions Requirements

Applying to the College of Arts & Sciences is a 5-step process:

  • Step One: Apply to Trinity
  • Step Two: Have your School Administrator submit your Official Transcripts (High School/College/Home School/GED) – International Transcripts must be evaluated prior to submission
  • Step Three: Submit Essay “Where do I see myself after obtaining a TWU degree?”
  • Step Four:  Submit your Recommendation Letter(s) (Teacher/Guidance Counselor/Mentor)
  • Step Five: Once your application is submitted, use your log-in credentials to check your status

Admissions Criteria:

  • First-Time Freshman candidates for admission should complete a secondary school program that includes 16 academic units: English, Mathematics (algebra, geometry, and trigonometry), Science to include Lab work (biology, chemistry, and physics), History, Foreign Language, and Social Science.
  • Transfer candidates must submit official college transcripts from each previously attended college or university.
  • Optional Standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) and/or the American College Test (ACT) can be submitted.  To have your scores sent to us use SAT code 5796 and ACT code 0696.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.0 (on 4.0 Scale).