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PR # 247 May 15, 2008


Beginning in the Fall 2008 Semester, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will be offering a new degree in Environmental Studies.

The Associate of Arts in Environmental Studies program is an interdisciplinary major designed to teach students to examine environmental issues from a broad range of perspectives and analytical methods. About half of the program?s coursework will include classes in the biological and physical sciences; the other half will consist of courses in the humanities and social sciences, such as sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history and economics. The program will enable students to analyze the human and other causes of modern environmental problems, as well as devise strategies and solutions to address them. Students also will be encouraged to focus on a particular subject area of their interest, including social sciences, humanities, communications and languages, education, fine arts and economics.

The program is designed to prepare students for transfer into either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree programs in Environmental Studies or other related fields. These programs could lead to a wide range of career opportunities in environmental policy and law, journalism, activism, business and education.

The major is being offered by the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education in cooperation with the Department of Science and Engineering and other departments at the College.

For additional information about the new degree in Environmental Studies, call 908-253-6688 or e-mail recruitment@raritanval.edu .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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