About the program
Successful graduates of the HDNRE dual-title intercollege degree program will work in an interdisciplinary environment. They will be able to draw on materials from the biophysical, sociocultural, and sociodemographic arenas in an integrated, collaborative framework. They will have developed the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders affected by natural resource and environmental change issues and be able to interact with a broad array of stakeholders in public settings.
Students electing the dual-title intercollege program in HDNRE through participating majors may earn a degree with dual-title at both the Ph.D. and M.S./M.A. levels, i.e., Ph.D. in (graduate program name) and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment, or M.S./M.A. in (graduate program name) and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment.
The following graduate programs offer dual-title degrees in HDNRE: M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Mineral Engineering and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Forest Resources and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and HDNRE; and M.S. and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and HDNRE.
HDNRE Program Committee
The HDNRE dual-title intercollege degree program is administered by the HDNRE Program Committee. The committee maintains program definition, identifies appropriate faculty and courses, and recommends policies and procedures for its operation. This dual-title intercollege degree program is offered through graduate major programs in four colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Health and Human Development, and the Liberal Arts. HDNRE enables students to attain and be identified with the content, techniques, applications, methods, and policy implications of an interdisciplinary focus on Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment, while maintaining a close association with areas of application.
Research and Education
Through participation in HDNRE, student programs of study and research will emphasize integrated, multi- and transdisciplinary approaches designed for improving their understanding about and management of natural resources. Areas of study will reflect the faculty advisor's home department and disciplinary thrust. To pursue a dual-title intercollege degree under this program, the student must first apply and be admitted through one of the existing graduate programs that offers the dual-title degree in HDNRE (Anthropology; Energy and Mineral Engineering; Forest Resources; Geography; Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management; or Rural Sociology). A thesis/dissertation on a natural resource and environment topic which includes social aspects of resource use is required of students in the dual-title degree program.