Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Learning Goals

The faculty of the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program identified the following major learning goals that all students may achieve through the curriculum and activities associated with the program. 

Core (Interdisciplinary) Goals

  • Policy and Management

    Students are able to describe and apply key aspects of international environmental policy and management, including policy-making stages, principles, politics, dilemmas, regulatory regimes, history and approaches, as well as management practices.

  • Environmental Science

    Students are able to describe and apply advanced scientific principles, theories, and practices to international environmental issues.

  • Law

    Students are able to describe and apply key aspects of international environmental law, including its history, sources, structure, dynamics, strengths, limitations, and new directions.

  • Economics

    Students are able to describe and apply a broad range of economic arguments, tools, and analysis to international environmental policy issues that account for political constraints and address issues of both efficiency and equity.

Concentration (Area of Depth) Goals

  • Focal Area

    Students demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a specific focal area relevant to international environmental policy.

Workplace (Professional Skills) Goals

  • Communications

    Students demonstrate an ability to communicate on a professional level via spoken and written word, in English and at least one additional language, to a broad range of stakeholders across multiple disciplines and using a variety of mediums.

  • Research

    Students demonstrate an ability to translate complex environmental policy problems into suitable research questions, then design and implement a robust social science research project capable of answering the questions.