In Fall 2023, Rutgers undergraduates in the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences are eligible for the new minor in Creative Expression and the Environment. This is a multidisciplinary program in which students gain familiarity with fundamentals of environmental issues and learn to respond to them through creative expression in a variety of disciplines and media in the arts and humanities. Students gain the flexibility to develop their skills as readers, writers, musical performers and composers, visual artists, designers, theater artists, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, and more, even as they see how those skills can contribute to the communication and creation of knowledge in environmental science and social science. Based on the notion that the arts and humanities have the capacity to engage, promote reflection and empathy, demonstrate care, and inspire action, the minor in Creative Expression and the Environment will empower students to imagine and help to build a future that is rooted in environmental knowledge and the quest for environmental sustainability and justice.
Read more about this model of collaborative engagement across Environmental Science, Environmental Humanities and Environmental Arts in this July 2023 Op-Ed by RCEI Affiliates Mary Nucci (Human Ecology and Assistant Dean in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) and Jorge Marcone (Spanish and Portuguese and Associate Dean Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences), along with Rebecca Cypess (Music and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Mason Gross School of the Arts).