General Questions about the Major
Yes! The Environmental Studies major sets students up so that they graduate with a multitude of desirable skills that will be beneficial to many types of careers. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, there are numerous options that students have when graduating with this degree. As our students graduate, we will post their profiles on our website to showcase the paths that ENST majors are taking. An ENST student will develop skills over the course of the program that are invaluable to employers. For instance, ENST students will graduate with the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas effectively which is a skill that can be adapted to many different careers. By building career development into the curriculum, the Program also assists students in identifying career goals and working toward them proactively during their time at HSU.
Examples of jobs include: environmental educator, journalist/writer, environmental lawyer, non-profit administrator, environmental justice advocate, community organizer/activist
- In collaboration with ENST, the Career Center offers a useful career guide that can help students understand the many options they have with an ENST major.
- The Career Center provides a lot of help for career or graduate school exploration and planning (they can help you understand what your interests are, what skills you have, develop a resume, and help students with getting an internship).
- The Career Center’s resource Springboard helps students post their qualifications for work while in college.
- The Five Year Course Rotation (found here: http://www.humboldt.edu/courserotations/ ) will be your best friend during your time in the ENST program. It will allow you to understand what semester classes are available (i.e. only in Fall, only offered every other year, etc), projected out for five years.
- Other tools like a semester-by-semester chart and a four-year map (which gives a sample of what four years of coursework in ENST might look like) are also available on the ENST website.
- The Advising Center has all kinds of tools online as well, which you should look at every semester (e.g. double-counting GE/DCG courses, information about unit caps, etc). Understanding when classes are offered will help you eliminate ones that won't fit into your long term plan. It is the best resource on campus for understanding how to plan out semesters, advising holds, GEAR, etc. Their website is useful for helping you understand each of these things and should be your go-to resource for advising questions that are not specifically about the major, but rather for considering bigger picture problems that involve major classes and GEs.
- Speaking to other students, especially upperclassmen, will help you decipher what classes fit your wants and needs. The best resource for this would be to stop by the ENST club meetings.
- Print, review, and bring a recent copy of your DARS report to your advising appointment.
- Go over your remaining GE and major requirements and note those you would like to tackle next semester.
- Review the online schedule of classes and build a tentative schedule. The online schedule of classes is made available a week or so earlier than the registration window.
- Make a list of questions.
- Arrive on time, and be aware that each appointment is limited to 15 minutes.
You can access your DARS report through Student Center. You can access the online schedule at http://pine.humboldt.edu/oaa/classes.shtml. Be sure you look at the days/times classes are offered so you can assemble a sample schedule prior to your appointment.
In order to get the best possible schedule--the earlier you register the better your chances are for getting into all of the classes you want--do not delay. Your registration time and date is listed in your Student Center.
Please note that these are the advisee’s (student) responsibilities:
- Gather all relevant decision-making information
- Clarify personal values and goals
- Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures
- Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience
- Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a concern
This is what you can expect from your advisor:
- Assist students with planning class schedules consistent with the graduation and major requirements
- Communicate university policies and procedures
- Help students define and develop realistic goals
- Match student needs with available resources; make appropriate referrals
- Discuss linkage between academic preparation and careers
- Indigenous People, Natural Resource Use, and the Environment
- Water Resource Policy
- Environmental Interpretation and Education
- Environmental Ethics
- Theatre (and Music or Art)
- A language
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