Online B.S. in Environmental Justice and Social Change

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Environmental Justice and Social Change

B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior

Rewarding careers in social change

Make a difference in your community and throughout the world.

Find solutions to global problems

An ideal bachelor’s degree for using data to find solutions to global environmental social justice issues.

Real-world issues, data-driven practices

Analyze specific research questions to address real-world issues.

100% Online: B.S. in Environmental Justice and Social Change

Do you see current global inequalities that exist today, like food insecurity, environmental health, and conservation and access to natural areas, and have a passion for solving these issues? Our degree in Environmental Justice and Social change will prepare you in advocacy, conflict mediation, and government and non-government intervention. You will examine the interconnectedness of social and biophysical factors to provide solutions for global issues of human inequity and environmental injustice.

Online Environmental Justice and Social Change Degree Program Highlights:

  • One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Learn foundational skills that are needed to pursue a fulfilling career working for social change.
  • Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • Get professional skills training by doing a concentration in Environmental GIS, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Business, or Wildlife Ecology, or Emergency Disaster Management.
  • Make professional connections with leaders in your field.
  • Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
  • Eight start dates per year

Job Outcomes of the Online B.S. in Environmental Justice and Social Change

Students will have expertise in environmental policy, sustainable design, writing, food and water security, intersectionality, city planning, public relations, using data and storytelling to persuade public opinion about pressing environmental issues, leadership skills, and crisis communication. This is a complementary program for continued studies in law.

Policy Analyst

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Public Relations Specialist

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Paralegal / Legal Assistant

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Grant Writer

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Source: Burning Glass Technologies. “Labor Insight™ Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool.” Updated March 11, 2020.

Costs and Financial Aid:

We believe investing in your education is the best thing you can do for your future. The cost of completing your degree depends on how many credits you can transfer into the degree program. You may also be eligible for special tuition rates as a member of the military or if you already have a degree from a community college partner. Learn more about costs and financial aid.

Environmental Justice and Social Change ​Degree Requirements:

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours, 30 credits earned at Unity, and an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. For all degree requirements, download the Unity College Environmental Justice and Social Change Degree Checklist or the Unity College Distance Education Course Catalog.

Sample Environmental Justice and Social Change Courses:


EVPC 201 Environmental Issues: Deforestation, Biodiversity Loss, and Overpopulation

This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of the looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of deforestation, biodiversity, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.

EVPC 301 Environmental Justice

This course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice. The course begins by examining the philosophical foundations and history of the environmental justice movement and foundational concepts such as justice, race, gender, and class. Students will explore these concepts through a series of case studies of urban and rural environmental (in)justice in the United States and move on to environmental justice’s role on globalization.

EVPC 305 Building a Better World: Ethical Decision-Making

Ethical decision making is essential for leadership, and since most decisions leaders make have an ethical dimension, the ability to discern the ethical implications requires a set of skills that are informed by ethical philosophy. This course provides students with strategies, tools, and techniques to make ethical decisions by considering the ethical issue and the people involved, develop a strategy, and implement the most ethical action possible. Through the use of case studies, students will develop their ethical awareness, learn to distinguish difficult decisions from real ethical dilemmas, and practice deliberating effectively about a variety of ethical issues drawn from social and professional contexts.

EVPC 401 Transformational Leadership

In this course, students explore strategies needed to become effective instruments of change. Students will examine themselves as leaders, learn how to create meaningful relationships as a leader, and understand the role of leadership within complex systems. By using case studies from a variety of organizational contexts such as business, government, non-profit, community, and education, students explore concepts of organization behavior and culture, consensus building, and project management to lead effective change towards environmental sustainability. This course is designed to empower and prepare students to become leaders in any profession.

ENCJ 305 Natural Resource Law and Policy

This survey course addresses not only the creation and management of our natural and wildlife resources on federal public lands, with a focus on the National Parks, National Forests, and the National Resource Lands (Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulated lands), but also including the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Wilderness Preservation System. Students will learn how interest groups, citizens, and the courts influence the management of natural resources on these lands. After taking the class, students should be familiar with the major public land legislation such as the National Forest and National Park “Organic Acts” and the Wilderness Act; as well as laws that affect our public lands, but apply more broadly, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Through class work and their papers, students will also be familiar with different perspectives on some of the most important current issues facing our public lands.

ENVJ 201 Understanding Diversity and the Environment
ENVJ 203 History of Creating Environmental Social Change
ENVJ 301 Energy Justice: Local to Global Perspectives
ENVJ 303 American Government: Foundations in Environmental Law

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