Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems
HDES lab:
(217) 298-0695
fax: (217) 244-5712


The HDES Scholars Program

The HDES 598 class currently invites interested students to its Spring 2015 graduate seminar.. The class requires permission of the instructor to enroll, Please email us with your request and include information about your background, your current work, and the reasons for your current interest in HDES or its courses.

The HDES program annually admits graduate students from participating departments as Scholars in the HDES Scholars Program. Scholars undertake an interdisciplinary program of study coordinated by one or more members of the HDES fauclty. Degrees are awarded through the participating departments with the HDES emphasis area forming an additional commitment to interdisciplinary work.

HDES Scholars enroll in HDES 595 and HDES 598 during the academic year and are eligible for any financial and research support that HDES is able to offer during the year.

There is a wide and expanding array of classes to support the Human Dimensions program. Collectively the core faculty represent the largest concentration of researchers in the human dimensions of natural resources and the enviornment at any university in the United States. Graduate students working with these individuals will have access to facilities of international caliber and a unique network of people and resources on and beyond campus.

Coming Soon:

HDES Graduate Minor: Students who complete a series of interdisciplinary courses may earn the minor in the Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems. The minor will be directed at students seeking interdisciplinary expertise in a single additional aspect of the relationship between people and their physical environments. Students enrolled in the minor will take 16 hours of focused interdisciplinary courses representing disciplines beyond their home department

HDES Graduate Concentration is aimed at students seeking a broader and more interdisciplinary understanding of the linkages between humans and their environments than can be afforded in a minor. The concentration requires that students undertake a series of courses (comprising at least 28 graduate hours) in two or more areas of HDES in addition to the area of focus in their home department.

See the coursework section of this website for a listing of courses that focus on humans and their environments. The departments offering the courses listed there have been asked to include those courses in the coursework for the HDES graduate concentration and minor.