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Teaching & Graduate Programs

Doctoral Program in Environment and Society

The doctoral program is aimed at graduates from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research questions concerning the nature/culture/environment interface.

Environmental Studies Certificate Program

The certificate program is open to all Master's students, Diplom students, and those studying Lehramt and towards their Staatsexamen. The program provides students with the opportunity to gain an additional interdisciplinary qualification in environmental studies. 

Master of Arts Environment and Society

More than ever before, we need critical perspectives on how humanity interacts with the environment. The practitioners and scholars of the future increasingly require new knowledge and practical skills in order to tackle vital social and environmental challenges in just, creative, and constructive ways. Our new master’s program prepares students for a range of careers dedicated to doing just that.

International Doctorate Program "Rethinking Environment"

This program invites graduate students from all over the world and from a broad range of fields to explore the topic "Rethinking Environment: The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society" in an intellectually inspiring environment that brings together international and regional expertise in collaboration with Augsburg University.

RECOMS Innovative Training Network

The Rachel Carson Center is participating in RECOMS, Resourceful and Resilient Communities, a new Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission. It is comprised of a transdisciplinary consortium of scientists, practitioners and change agents from eleven public, private and non-profit organisations located in six European Union countries. The RCC hosts two early stage researchers in the program, Talitta Reitz and Zhanna Baimukhamedova.

ERASMUS+ Programs

At the moment, the RCC has four Erasmus+ exchange programs with the following universities: the University of Stavanger in Norway, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Austria, the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, and the Ca'Foscari University of Venice in Italy.

ENHANCE Innovative Training Network

The Rachel Carson Center is participating in a new European graduate training network, the Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe (ENHANCE) Innovative Training Network (ITN). Its aim is to provide young researchers with multidisciplinary doctoral training in Environmental Humanities and prepare them for a wide variety of careers. 

University of Kansas Exchange

The KU History Department and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society have created an informal agreement for the exchange of doctoral students at the dissertation stage. The program makes it possible for students at one institution to go to the partner institution to do research, audit courses, participate in events (such as colloquia), and learn from scholars from other parts of the world.

Course Catalogues

In addition to its graduate programs, the Rachel Carson Center offers seminars, workshops, and classes to its students, community, and the general public.