AUNE Environmental Studies: Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability

Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability

AUNE Environmental Studies

“Is it enough for a scientist simply to publish a paper? Isn’t it a responsibility of scientists, if you believe that you have found something that can affect the environment, isn’t it your responsibility to actually do something about it, enough so that action actually takes place?”

~ Nobel laureate chemist Mario Molina
(as quoted in Blockstein, 2002)

Pursue a Professional Path of Purpose

Choice of venue matters and so do your passions and professional path. Whether you want to effect change at the community, state, national, or international level, we’ll support you at whatever scale you want to make a difference.

Master the Knowledge, Strategies, and Tools to Lead Effective Change

Create a video documentary on communities affected by contaminated drinking water. Develop carbon-reduction programs for businesses. Challenge gold mining operations on sacred tribal lands. Advocate for pro-environmental corporate shareholder proposals. Or communicate science to inform land and water protection policies. We’ll support you in whatever means you choose to do your advocacy work.

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Where do you want to make a difference? Create effective policies in local, state, national, and/or international arenas. Direct community-based organizations, research solutions to critical environmental and social challenges, or lead communications and development projects for a range of organizations. Advance clean energy. Mitigate climate change and help communities adapt to its impacts. Lead conservation and sustainable resource initiatives. Lead organizations committed to economic, environmental, and social justice. You choose the type of advocacy work you want to do and we’ll help you prepare for it.

Advocates Can Change the WorldChoose a Professional Science Master’s Option

PSM IconAdvocacy students who want to build a stronger grounding in science can choose to earn a Professional Science Master’s Certificate in addition to their M.S. in Environmental Studies.

Build Your Résumé and Network Through Practical Experiences

Integrate what you learn via graduate courses through field internships and capstone projects that provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge, demonstrate your abilities, and build your professional network before you graduate.

Program Delivery

  • 42 credits
  • Fall & Spring Entry
  • Classes 2 days a week plus an internship
  • 5 semesters to complete

Antioch University New England is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

“We need to get our Speth_Jamesact together as a society….I was so pleased to see things here [at Antioch] like a program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability. [Together] we need to build a common progressive coalition that unites progressives across all stripes.”
Gus Speth, co-founder Natural Resources Defense Council, founder World Resources Institute, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School

Track 1: Students who choose Track 1 register for 4 courses in both their first Fall and first Spring semesters. This track provides students with an opportunity to schedule the entire Summer and/or Spring II semesters off campus. *This is the preferred sequence for those intending to do a Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project. Track 2: Students who choose Track 2 register for a maximum of 3 courses per semester. This Track provides students with a more evenly paced sequence of coursework throughout their program. REQUIREMENTS: 42 CREDITS Select any 3 out of 4 Core courses Core (C), 9 credits; Concentration (T), 6 credits; Methods: courses selected by student, 18 credits; Internship, 6 credits; Capstone Project, 3 credits

Track 1

Track 2

Fall I (12 credits)
Earth Systems and Climate Change (C)(3)
Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (C)(3)
Advocacy: The Essentials (T)(3)
Fall I (9 credits)
Earth Systems and Climate Change (C)(3)
Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (C)(3)
Advocacy: The Essentials (T)(3)
Spring I (12 credits)
Political Economy of Sustainability (C)(3)
Advocacy: Applied (T)(3)
Methods (3)
Methods (3)
Spring I (9 credits)
Political Economy of Sustainability (C)(3)
Advocacy: Applied (T)(3)
Methods (3)
Summer (3 credits)
Internship I (3)
Summer (6 credits)
Internship I (3)
Methods (3)
Fall II (9 credits)
Leadership for Change (3)
Methods (3)
Methods (3)
Fall II (9 credits)
Leadership for Change (3)
Methods (3)
Methods (3)
Spring II (6 credits)
Capstone Project (3)
Internship II (3)
Spring II (9 credits)
Capstone Project (3)
Methods (3)
Internship II (3)


Sample Method courses include:

  • Building Sustainable Organizations (BSO)
  • Citizen Participation and Sustainable Communities
  • Civic Ecology Practices and Community Resilience
  • Climate Change: Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Coastal Geoecology of New England (Fall 2011 field study trip)
  • Community & School-based Sustainable Food Systems
  • Conservation Biology
  • Conservation Psychology Theory & Practice
  • Cuba: Sustainability and the New Food System (Fall 2012 registration; January 2013 field study trip)
  • Ecology and Management of Adirondack Mountains (Fall 2012 field study trip)
  • Diversity, Justice and Inclusion
  • Ecosystems of Mount Desert Island (Spring 2012 field study trip)
  • Energy and Materials Sustainability
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Assessment Techniques
  • Financial Administration
  • Foundations of Environmental Education
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Integrated Conservation of Tropical Ecosystems: Costa Rica (Spring 2012, March field study trip)
  • Land Use and Community Planning
  • Making Sense of Place
  • Natural Resource Inventory
  • New England Flora
  • Non Profit Organizations & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Ornithology
  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Program Evaluation for Environmental and Conservation Educators
  • Proposal Writing and Project Management
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design Techniques
  • Research Seminar
  • Science and Environmental Communications
  • Social Entreprenuership
  • Social Justice and Cultural Competency
  • Soil Ecology
  • Soils Mapping and Interpretation
  • Vertebrate Ecology: Mammalogy
  • Wetlands Ecology
  • Wildlife & Forest Management

Paid Professional Development and Educational Opportunities

Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience

Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resiliency

U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellowship

Congressional Caucus Fellow

Haley Stewart, AUNE Congressional-Caucus Fellow

Translating Research to Inform Policy Initiative

Translating Research to Inform Policy Initiative

Engaging with Policymakers: Why Scientists and Engineers Hold Back

Over the last five decades, there has been exponential growth in the number of social movement organizations, a significant growth in memberships and budgets, and a corresponding growth in the number of paid advocacy positions available.

Eight Areas Where You Can Do Good Work

  1. Professional public interest advocacy organizations usually work on a single issue or set of issues through research and education, lobbying, litigation, inter-group coalition building, and high-level negotiations with decision-makers.
  2. Grassroots organizations mobilize specific communities and constituencies to take collective action through community organizing, popular education, community development, alternative institutions, and direct action campaigns.
  3. Labor unions and professional associations represent and mobilize their members on political, economic, and social issues of interest to members and the public.
  4. Progressive electoral public policy groups such as third parties, major party caucuses, non-partisan groups, and Political Action Committees.
  5. Social action training and political education groups work with other advocacy organizations and activists to build up their personal and organizational capacities as advocates and organizers.
  6. Research and data management organizations help meet the information needs of social movement organizations, often in direct collaboration and sometimes even with the full participation of community and public interest groups.
  7. Progressive media and cultural groups produce documentaries, radio shows, books and periodicals, web-pages for activists and the public; offer public relations assistance to activist groups seeking to influence the mass media; and create art, music, and theater that inspire activists and the public.
  8. Progressive, social change philanthropy groups including individual foundations and coordinating groups like National Network of Grantmakers and the Donor Organizers Network.

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