Fall 2024

Senior Seminar

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-495


Ashwin J. Ravikumar (Section 01)


The Senior Seminar is the capstone course in the environmental studies major, which serves as the comprehensive requirement, and is taken by all seniors in the fall of their senior year. The diversity of student interests is one of the strengths of the environmental studies department at Amherst and the senior seminar captures this diversity by asking students to explore their own interests through substantial, original research on an environmental topic.  The capstone is designed to be flexible to accommodate diverse interests and cultivate different skills, including finding and making sense of material from a variety of sources, articulating effective arguments, and gaining fluency in the communication of ideas.

Open to seniors. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Ravikumar.

How to handle overenrollment: permission from Professor(s)

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: In-class presentations, discussion leading, reading, independent research, and writing.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024