My Environmental Study (ENVS) courses include Environmental Analysis, Environmental Theory, (Un)Natural Disasters, and Situating Environmental Problems and Solutions. All four of these classes are within the ENVS department, but have been paired with many other classes, including but not limited to, Environmental Economics, Pacific Rim Cities, Environmental History, and more. The ENVS major is very interdisciplinary and requires partnership with many departments in order to create a more robust understanding of the problems we face.
Project portfolios work in tandem with course portfolios to demonstrate class and concentration progress. Notable projects are: independent study on nuclear power, the Cascadia Earthquake Preparedness Community Outreach Project, and a project on the logging community in Southern Oregon. These portfolios include a summary of the project, resources used, posts related to the project, and any outcomes of the project. Outcomes usually include either essays, posters, or others.
In order for the ENVS major to best fit student interests, each student writes a concentration proposal that will help guide their course selection and area of study for the remainder of their time in the department. My concentration is in the concept of resiliency and how it pertains to urban areas in the Pacific Rim. This led me to take classes such as Pacific Rim Cities, Environmental Theory, and (Un)natural Disasters. This concentration and the classes I took to follow it led to my interest in community resilience to natural disaster, as you will see in my thesis work about the 2011 Tohoku triple disaster in Japan.
This will be a brief explanation of my thesis, work process, and links to my thesis page and categories.