Environmental justice (EJ) refers to the right to a safe and healthy environment for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, ability or other considerations, as well as a place at decision-making tables. From this perspective, the environment is not separate from society, but includes spaces where people live, work, play, learn and/or pray.

The CU Boulder graduate certificate in environmental justice provides training in the interdisciplinary and dynamic field of environmental justice studies, as well as opportunities for engaged interactions with the challenges and solutions environmental justice communities face today.

The certificate program is open to CU Boulder graduate students from all units and programs, and seeks to include scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplinary and experiential backgrounds in its development.

For more information, visit the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice website.


Students must complete 12 credits, including the 3-credit pillar course and three approved electives.

Required Course
ENVS/GEOG/PSCI/COMM 7118Foundations of Environmental Justice3
Choose three of the following:9
Environmental Communication (focused on an EJ-related topic such as Toxic Bodies)
Special Topics in Environmental Studies ("Power, Justice and Climate Change" or "Conflict Management and Collaboration for Human-Environment Systems")
Native American and Indigenous Environmental Issues
Topics: Specialized Comparative Studies (Topic: Indigenous Political Ecologies)
Indigenous Thought and Theory: Foundations in NAIS
Seminar: Topics in Economic Geography (Topic: Geographies of Dispossession)
Seminar: Political Ecology
Readings in Environmental History
Environmental Law
Seminar in Environmental Philosophy
Seminar: Selected Political Theories (Topic: Environment and Political Theory)
Foundations of Environmental Sociology
Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment
Total Credit Hours12