Energy & Environment Concentration

The concentration in Energy and Environment explores the politics and policies of environmental sustainability and environmental protection, climate change and climate emergencies, natural resource governance and the worldwide energy industry, and ways to meet global energy needs in an ethical and sustainable way.  

International Development students are equipped to confront the global climate emergency that threatens human survival, especially the poorest. Students study efforts to achieve a just and equitable transition to renewable energy, thereby cutting global greenhouse gas emissions, while securing affordable and resilient energy systems and investing in economic diversification of traditional fossil fuel reliant regions. Students learn about policy strategies at the international, national, state and local levels to govern and protect the environment. Successes such as the Montreal Protocol for the protection of the ozone layer inform current efforts to address climate change, biodiversity loss, and transboundary air, water and waste issues. Alumni have secured positions in international organizations, national non-profits and non-governmental organizations worldwide, federal, state and local governments, and the for-profit sector. Through this concentration, students take courses on topics such as: climate action; environmental policy; planning and analysis for sustainable regions; natural resource management; environmental economics; and links between the environment and global health.

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GSPIA Core Classes (12 credits)

    Quantitative Methods
    Public Policy Analysis
    Capstone Seminar
Internship Requirement: All students must complete an approved internship of at least 300 hours while enrolled at GSPIA. The internship must be approved by the student’s career advisor in advance. Students with at least three years of relevant full‐time work experience may petition their career advisor for a waiver of this requirement during their first semester.

MID Core Classes (6 credits)

    Development Policy & Administration
    Economics of Development

EE Major Courses (12 credits)

Two of the following five courses:
    Climate Policy Local and Global
    Contemporary US Energy Policy
    Environmental Economics & Policy
    Political Economy of Global Environment
    Natural Resources Governance & Management
PIA 2--- Approved E&E Major Concentration Course
PIA 2--- Approved E&E Major Concentration Course

Free Electives/Minor Courses (18 credits)

PIA 2--- Elective/minor course
PIA 2--- Elective/minor course
PIA 2--- Elective/minor course
PIA 2--- Elective
PIA 2--- Elective
PIA 2--- Elective