Minor in Water Studies

Water is the “lifeblood” of the San Luis Valley, greatly impacting the people and communities here. Water underlies our connection to the environment and wildlife, culture and history, agriculture and economy, and the strong sense of place that is core to the identity of the people here. The Water Studies Minor provides a range of interdisciplinary courses for students in a number of degree programs. Their enhanced knowledge of water in the West will support them in a number of varying career paths, civic engagement and active participation in a more sustainable future.

Water Studies Minor Degree Plan – 18 Credits

Required Courses (6 Credit Hours):

  • WATR 101: Water Essentials: How Water Works in the West (3 hours)
  • WATR 201: Water Fundamentals and Functions (3 hours)

Electives (will choose from the following) (12 credit hours):

  • ECON 360: Natural Resources Economics (3 hours)
  • BUS 384: Natural Resource and Water Law (3 hours)
  • OES 101: Outdoor Recreational Essentials (3 hours)
  • OES 370: Environmental Stewardship (3 hours)
  • HIST 305: American West (3 hours)
  • ENG 420: Environmental Literature (3 hours)
  • ANTH 330: Humans and Water (3 hours)
  • HIST 340: Water and Equity (3 hours)
  • PHIL 320: Ethics of Water (3 hours)

For additional information or questions regarding this minor, please contact:

Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center