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Deficiencies of Undergraduate Forestry Curricula in Their Social Sciences and Humanities Requirements

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Arguments stressing the importance of the social sciences and humanities in forest and natural resources education have appeared in the literature since the inception of the profession of forestry in America. Nevertheless, undergraduate education in forest and natural resources management emphasizes the biophysical sciences. This article examines undergraduate curricula for their requirements in various disciplines. The results of two studies show that social sciences and humanities are not well represented in forestry and natural resources management curricula. Thus, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs in forest and natural resources management may not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to manage resources in an ever-changing, complex social context.
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Keywords: curricula; humanities; social sciences; undergraduate education

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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