Environmental Resource Policy

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. The master of arts degree prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and environmental advocacy. In addition to the M.A. degree program, ENRP offers two graduate certificate programs. The graduate certificate in environmental resource policy provides an alternative to the M.A. for working professionals who may not have the need for or the time to commit to the full master's; however, once completed, the credits earned toward the certificate may be applied to the master's degree requirements. The graduate certificate in the contexts of environmental policy is designed to help support the professional development of current and future leaders of the National Park Service who are responsible for the preservation and protection of public lands and cultural heritage.

Program Director P. Linquiti

Director of Graduate Studies N. Augustine

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

ENRP 6085. Topics in Environmental Resource Policy. 1-3 Credits.

Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

ENRP 6097. Practicum in Environmental Resource Policy. 0 Credits.

International students engage in an unpaid internship. Restricted to students enrolled in the MA in environmental resource policy program.

ENRP 6101. Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences. 3 Credits.

Basic physical sciences crucial to environmental issues, including chemistry, geology, hydrology, climate science, and cross-media interactions; land, air, and water pollution, climate change, production and consumption of energy, sea level rise, and anthropogenic changes in the cryosphere. Restricted to students in the MA in environmental resource policy; graduate certificate in contexts of environmental policy; and BA/MA in environmental studies and environmental resource policy programs; permission of the instructor may be substituted.

ENRP 6102. Environmental Sciences II: Life Sciences. 3 Credits.

Basic life sciences crucial to environmental issues, including biology, ecology, environmental health and toxicology, epidemiology, and agriculture; biodiversity, ecosystem services, habitat preservation, deforestation, conservation biology, nutrient cycling, and the impacts of climate change on living systems. Restricted to students in the MA in environmental resource policy; graduate certificate in contexts of environmental policy; and BA/MA in environmental studies and environmental resource policy programs; permission of the instructor may be substituted.

ENRP 6140. Environmental Impact Statement Procedures and Environmental Law. 3 Credits.

The rationale for environmental impact statements from the viewpoint of the nature and origins of environmental concerns. Government agencies responsible for environmental impact statements; current statutes and regulations pertaining to the environment.

ENRP 6145. Global Environmental Justice and Policy. 3 Credits.

Environmental justice, considered as both a movement and a public policy. Examination of environmental injustices—both perceived and actual—affecting individuals, communities, and populations. Adherence to, and enforcement of, environmental laws and regulations that affect the allocation of environmental benefits and the distribution of sources of toxic pollution and other hazards.

ENRP 6295. Research Topics in Environmental Resource Policy. 1-3 Credits.

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 credits.

ENRP 6298. Seminar in Environmental Resource Policy. 3 Credits.

The capstone seminar involves team development of a project sponsored by an external entity, such as a government agency or non-governmental organization, or participation in an aspect of a research project directed by a faculty member. The student team functions as an external consultant tasked with analysis of the chosen issue.