Academic Certificate

Environmental Justice

Promote justice and break down barriers in historically marginalized communities

Contact and location

Credits & Duration

  • 12 credits
  • 3 quarters


  • Online - synchronous

Start Term

  • Fall


  • Varies by course - see catalog

What You'll Learn

This certificate examines the ways in which communities of color and other historically marginalized groups are disproportionately burdened with environmental hazards.

Grounded in the belief that access to safe and healthy living environments is a vital civil right, students will study:

  • Racial identify development theory
  • Connections between structural, interpersonal and internalized oppression
  • Knowledge, wisdom, resiliency, and leadership of communities of color
  • How their knowledge has contributed to mainstream movements for environmentalism.

Students will have the opportunity to apply the histories, theories, and concepts studied to local environmental justice projects. 

This certificate is intended to support state workers seeking further background and training in WA state environmental justice laws (HEAL Act), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion administrators seeking greater skills in racial justice and Black studies, environmental policy advocates, urban planners and asset-based community developers, and those working in the nonprofit sector dealing with environmental issues. 

Certificate Coursework

This certificate consists of 12 undergraduate credits which must be taken in sequence.

Environmental Justice: History and Sociology - Fall Quarter, 4 credits
Environmental Justice: Social Movements - Winter Quarter, 4 credits
Environmental Justice: Analysis - Spring Quarter, 4 credits

Learn more about courses in the Academic Catalog