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Minors

As part of our mission, the Climate Action Plan Academic Subcommittee encourages students to explore these academic programs as well as participate in progressive research.

Environment and Society (E&S)

Environment and Society (E&S), is an interdisciplinary minor under the direction of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative that provides students with analytical and communication skills, as well as the scientific knowledge needed to succeed in environmental policy, sustainable development, environmental education, environmental advocacy, and related fields. E & S students explore public policy, climate change, sustainability, resource rights, law and regulation, and the role of environmental issues in domestic and international conflicts.E&S students also engage in environmental research and service projects in collaboration with government agencies, non-profit groups, local businesses, and state and national parks. An Environment and Society Minor is closely tied to Goal 7, Goal 11, Goal 12, Goal 13, Goal 15, and Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more information you can contact Charlotte Ryan (Sociology) by email: Charlotte_Ryan@uml.edu or Susan Gallagher (Political Science): Susan_Gallagher@uml.edu


Climate Change and Sustainability

Climate Change and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary minor, under the direction of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and housed in the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. A student enrolled in this minor will gain an understanding of the basic science behind climate change as well as the social and economic consequences of climate change. Strategies for sustainability and climate adaptation will be addressed. The Climate Change and Sustainability Minor is closely related to Goal 9, Goal 11, Goal 12, Goal 13, Goal 14, Goal 15, and Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more information you can contact Lori Weeden (Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) by email: Lori_Weeden@uml.edu.


Peace and Conflict Studies

Through the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences students can chose to minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. A Peace and Conflict Studies minor provides students with an interdisciplinary knowledge of key issues, research, and theories in the important and emerging field of Peace and Conflict Studies. By getting an education in this area you will learn how social interactions can drastically shape our planet. This minor is also closely intertwined with Goal 1, Goal 2, Goal 3, Goal 5, Goal 10, and Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Gaining an education in this field can provide a UMass Lowell student information to start shaping communities, and help mold the face of globe and the people that live on it.


Energy Engineering

Through the Francis College of Engineering, students have the option to minor in Energy Engineering. The knowledge to be gained from an Energy Engineering minor can drastically affect the future world, especially since it will be a future that will need to rely on more sustainable sources of energy. The Energy Engineering Minor is related to Goal 7, Goal 9, Goal 11, and Goal 13 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Taking this minor could not only benefit yourself, but will benefit the longevity of the earth and humankind.


Sociology

Students can chose to minor in Sociology through the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. A minor in Sociology prepares students to strengthen citizenship and communities through a rigorous, scientific understanding of society. Students will be equipped to contribute to social justice and community building, which is an essential aspect of everyday life. This minor is also closely intertwined with Goal 1, Goal 2, Goal 3, Goal 4, Goal 5, Goal 6, Goal 10, and Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Having a Sociology Minor can help students start changing communities, the people that live there, and in turn can change the world.


Race and Ethnic Studies

Through the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences students can chose to minor in Race and Ethnicity Studies. The Race and Ethnic Studies Minor provides students to with an interdisciplinary knowledge of race and ethnicity as evolving social constructions shaped by many factors, including labor, politics, religion, nationality, sexuality, gender and culture. These topics shape everyday life, and will shape the future. The Race and Ethnic Studies Minor is related to Goal 1, Goal 2, Goal 3, Goal 4, Goal 5, Goal 10, and Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Gaining an education in this field is a powerful tool that can equip a UMass Lowell student to challenge current issues, debates, and help better represent people of all types struggling with their place in society, to help shape a more sustainable world.


Additionally, please check out these individual courses if you would like to choose your own learning pathway in sustainability!