Apply to the MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities

The priority deadline for the MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities is January 5th. We will also consider applications after that date. New student cohorts begin in the Fall Term of each academic year. Click here to learn more

WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES?

Environmental Arts and Humanities is a bridge between the sciences and humanities, focused on the natural environment. Grounded in scientific knowledge, it adds depth across a range of non-scientific subjects, including social values, ethical decisions, cultural understanding, and human expression. Students take environment-focused courses and conduct original work in history, philosophy, literature, art, ethnic studies, communication, and other humanistic fields.

BECOME PART OF A COMMUNITY

Corvallis is nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley and has been recognized as one of the safest, smartest, greenest, most bike-friendly small cities in the nation. You’ll enjoy a bustling farmers market, art galleries, theaters, eclectic restaurants, and dozens of micro-adventures on local trails and rivers. The rugged Oregon coast is an hour east of Corvallis, and the Cascade Mountains and high desert offer year-round recreation to the east.

WHY OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY?
  • Study with leading thinkers and scientists at the only university in the U.S. to have land, sea, space, and sun grant designations.
  • Highly qualified applicants may receive graduate teaching assistantships including stipend, full tuition remission, and health insurance.
  • Choose coursework and an academic committee to support your environmental interest in everything from climate change to conservation, environmental justice to energy infrastructure, and green yoga to genetically modified organisms. Be part of a vibrant intellectual community of scholars, artists, and activists. Past visitors include Joanna Macy, Ursula K. LeGuin, Tim DeChristopher, Rob Nixon, Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), and Elizabeth Kolbert.
  • Apply for annual Graduate Residencies at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek on a 40-acre wildlife preserve in the Oregon Coast Range.
YOUR WORK WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 

The Environmental Arts and Humanities will prepare you for good, wise work with environmental non-profits, government and land agencies, advocacy groups, corporations, green business, journalism, conservation and stewardship, formal and informal education, and other roles that require strong, creative communication and reasoning skill sets and humanistic understanding. 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR DEGREE WITH AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGINATION

  • Gain the understanding you’ll need to creatively envision and build the new cultural mores and institutions that a changing world requires.
  • Coursework focuses on arts, communication, creative writing, and moral imagination.

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

  • Gain the skills you’ll need to become an effective advisor and leader of environmental action.
  • Coursework focuses on community leadership, movement building, media power, cultural diversity, social justice, and the history of structural change.

ENVIRONMENTAL THINKING

  • Gain the strong reasoning skills you’ll need to make useful contributions to a complicated, multi-valued environmental discourse.
  • Coursework focuses on practical moral reasoning, critical thinking about environmental issues, conceptual analysis of complex problems, and reasoning with facts and values.

Click here to learn more abotu the program and application. 

(Photo credit: Naeemeh Naeemaei)