These four linked semester courses reveal the dynamic interplay between ecological and social change. Coursework is interdisciplinary and discussion wide-ranging, pulling from field observations, conversations with community partners, written material, and lectures. The class works to support ecosystems restoration and organizing efforts in the Twin Cities area and greater Minnesota.
Students explore structural inequalities in their own communities, examining patterns of privilege, power, and oppression. They study the restoration of degraded ecosystems, witness and participate in citizen science, and assess how policies and partnerships foster ecologically sound social transformation. Past internship placements for Environmental Sustainability include the Land Stewardship Project, MN350.org, and Spark-Y Youth Action Labs.
Students leave prepared for advanced leadership at the intersection of environmental and climate justice, with a profound understanding of the work being done locally and nationally in those fields.
Application Process for Other Approved Programs
The program includes field experiences that focus on basic ecosystem evaluation. Short trips throughout the semester offer opportunities to integrate theory and practice. As part of the field methods course students carry out on-the-ground research as part of a community-based project. HECUA also designs an internship experience for all students that meets personal learning goals and connects program themes. Extraordinary mentors in the environmental arena lead students to participate in meaningful work during the internship portion of the program.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
* You must have completed your first year in college
* You must be in good academic standing - 2.0 GPA or higher (any GPA lower than 2.5 will receive extra evaluation)
* You must meet all requirements of the specific HECUA program
* You must complete all home campus requirements for off-campus study
All students are welcome on HECUA programs. Selection is based on your completed application, past academic performance, recommendations,and the match between the program and your own interests, goals and expectations. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Sustainable agriculture
- Environmental Monitoring
- Ecological Restoration
- Policy & Research Development
- Community Organizing
- Urban Planning
- Environmental Education
Member and non-member schools use different fee structures. Check the HECUA website, here, for the most up-to-date information.
Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.
No. Think this program is just for science students? Think again! This program integrates natural and social sciences within a social justice framework and no course prerequisites are required.
Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university.
HECUA provides $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.
- Online or Paper Application
- Letters of Reference
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines
- Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
- Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
- any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
- the course approval process
- how to apply to Other Approved Programs
- Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
- Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
- Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
- Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
- Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
- View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies.
- Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA