2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

AFR 317 Environmental Racism

3 hours 

This course reveals ways that environmental degradation and hazards disproportionately affect people of color in the United States. Its purpose is to analyze theories of environmental racism, and the impacts and implications of (intentionally and unintentionally) unjust environmental practices, particularly on low-income African American, Latino, and indigenous communities. Students will describe and analyze environmental problems, propose solutions, and examine data about the environment and such environmental crises as lead poisoning, air pollution, and the location of hazardous wastes in communities of color.




ENG 201 and junior standing or above


This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Justice in Global Perspective (300-level) area of the Gen Ed Program.