Director: MSS: Dr. Omar Swartz
Director: MH: Dr. Margaret Woodhull
Anthropology: Dr. John Brett, Dr. Steve Koester
Geography: Dr. Brian Page, Dr. Deborah Thomas, Dr. Casey Allen
Political Science: Dr. Anna Sampaio
Society and the Environment is an interdisciplinary track for completing the Master of Social Science that emphasizes the human side of environmental issues, while also emphasizing that human issues are never separate from issues of ecology. It challenges students to apply knowledge from the social and biological sciences to environmental problems across a broad spectrum of institutional sectors and geographic locations. Applications include environmental hazards and disasters, environmental impact assessment, protected area management and interpretation, collaborative conservation, ecoregion conservation, conservation policy, and international development. This track provides students with courses in critical social theory, participatory qualitative methods, quantitative methods, human ecology, and topical issues. It also provides training in important technologies, especially geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and digital film. Required courses for this track total 18 credit hours. The core social science courses required of those admitted to the Master of Social Science Program comprise 9 credit hours. The remaining 9 credit hours consist of methods courses offered by several departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All courses must be taken in residency at UC Denver.