Students of this specialization, like all MEM students, are strongly encouraged to complete the MEM Foundations courses1
. These courses provide a common foundation of concepts, principles, and tools that all MEM students must learn, regardless of their specialization, to excel as professional environmental managers. The Foundations courses are listed below:
Students must complete at least 2 courses from the Specialization Core, which will introduce the students to the major theories, methods, and debates pertaining to the human dimensions of environmental management. These courses are most usefully taken during the student’s first year, as they will give the student the conceptual tools to write proposals for a research or other project during the summer after the first year. (Note: taking F&ES 520a or F&ES 525a or F&ES 535a as a Foundation course does not count toward the 2 core course requirement.)
Students must complete at least 1 and preferably 2 methods courses. Certain courses (551a, 726b, 755b, and 969b) are most useful when taken during the first year of study, to provide the student with the necessary tools for carrying out a research or other project during the summer after the first year. Other courses (745a) are most useful when taken during the second year of study, to provide the student with tools for carrying out data-analysis and write-up of material for the MEM project, thesis, or capstone. With the consent of their advisor, students can petition (the Specialization coordinator) for reasonable substitutes courses, either other FES courses or courses offered by other Yale departments.
Students must take at least 3 electives from at least two of the following bins (although your advisor can approve alternative, appropriate courses)
A. Development & Conservation:
B. Climate/Environmental Change
C. Policy & Institutions:
D. Religion & Ecology:
All students are required to complete a Capstone Project, which involves the directed study and analysis of a particular question or problem in the human dimensions of Environmental Management. The Capstone Project is undertaken in the third or fourth semester, and is often based on data gathered in the course of research or an internship during the summer after the first year, in addition to integrating knowledge, methodological approaches, and interpretive techniques gained from courses taken during the earlier stages of the MEM. The topic of a Capstone Project is typically chosen by the student with input from the student’s advisor. A Capstone Project may involve writing a management plan for a client such as a government agency or NGO; and/or it may involve writing a paper suitable for publication in a scientific journal. All Capstone Projects have at least three deliverables: (i) a brief project proposal submitted by the third week of the semester; (ii) a mid-semester progress report; and (iii) a final written report. An extended abstract describing the project will be published on the School’s new Student Research Database. The Capstone Project may be carried out during a Capstone Course, an Independent Study, or one of the advanced seminars (e.g., 862b, 869b, 965b) designed for this purpose.
Carol Carpenter, Ben Cashore, Susan Clark, Amity Doolittle, Justin Farrell, Gordon Geballe, John Grim, Robert Mendelsohn, Karen Seto, Kalyanakrishnan ‘Shivi’ Sivaramakrishnan, Mary-Evelyn Tucker, John Wargo, Harvey Weiss.