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About the Program

Successful graduates of the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment Program (HDNRE) dual-title intercollege degree program will work in an transdisciplinary environment.

HDNRE graduates can capably draw upon materials from the biophysical, sociocultural, and sociodemographic arenas in an integrated, collaborative framework. They 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.

Dual-Title Degrees

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:

HDNRE Program Committee

The HDNRE dual-title intercollege degree program is administered by the HDNRE Program Committee. This 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 five colleges:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Arts and Architecture
  • Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Health and Human Development
  • Liberal Arts

HDNRE enables students to attain and be identified with the content, techniques, applications, methods, and policy implications of an transdisciplinary 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
  • Architecture
  • Energy and Mineral Engineering
  • Forest Resources
  • Geography
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
  • 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.