Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Degree Offered

  • Master of Science in Natural Resources and Energy Policy (Non-Thesis)

Certificates Offered

  • Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources and Energy Policy

Minors Offered

  • Minor - A 12 credit minor for graduate students pursuing degrees in other Mines academic units. Please contact either a Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences faculty member with whom you are interested in working or the director of the NREP program. The Graduate Individual Minor must be approved by the student’s graduate committee and by the NREP Director.

Program Description

The Natural Resources and Energy Policy (NREP), based in the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, is a multidisciplinary degree that trains graduates in solving global challenges related to energy, water, natural resources, and the environment. NREP provides graduates with a range of social science skills and knowledge. Open to all undergraduate degrees and new graduates as well as early- and mid-career professionals, NREP teaches qualitative and quantitative skills to respond to domestic and global challenges related to energy, natural resources and resource management. The program is research and writing-intensive with a strong focus on verbal and written communication. The classes are small seminars that allow faculty to meet individual interests and backgrounds.

Through core courses and electives from across campus, and as well as internships, students acquire in-depth knowledge of political risk analysis and mitigation, community outreach and social responsibility, international development, and domestics and global policy making. NREP targets the following jobs: analysts at energy and financial analytics companies; policy, government affairs, public affairs, risk management, community development, and similar positions in engineering companies; local, state, and federal government positions related to energy and resources; and non-profit organizations (advocacy, trade associations, etc.) working on energy, environment, or natural resources, especially water.

Drawing on Mines’ international reputation, the faculty’s extensive contacts, courses focused on problem-solving, and our well-placed Board of Advisors, graduates get jobs in industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. Students with undergraduate training in engineering may choose to work as engineers with a new awareness of social contexts, thus paving the way to new jobs and promotions, or choose a new career path such as in social responsibility, government relations, or advocacy.  Those with social science or humanities training will find doors open to them in a wide range of energy and natural resources jobs.

The NREP degree requires 30 credits: 18 in the core and 12 in electives. Full-time students can typically complete the degree in 3 semesters (including summer).

Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs

Mines students may earn the master's degree as part of Mines' Combined Undergraduate/Graduate program. Students participating in the combined degree program may double count up to 6 credits of 400-level course work from their undergraduate course work.

Please note that Mines students interested in pursuing a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate program are encouraged to make an initial contact with the NREP Director after the first semester of their sophomore year for counseling on application procedures, admissions standards, and degree completion requirements.

See "Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs" elsewhere in this bulletin for further details.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission into Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Graduate Programs are as follows:

  1. An undergraduate degree (engineering, social sciences, and others accepted) with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.0 (4.0 scale) or be a Mines undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences course work.
  2. For students whose native language is not English, Mines requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 internet-based test (iBT) or 550 paper-based test (PBT). Tests must have been taken within the past two years to be accepted.  If you have completed a university degree program in the United States or in an English-speaking country within the previous two years, you do NOT have to submit TOEFL scores.

Primary Contact

Jody Lowther


Hussein A. Amery

Elizabeth Van Wie Davis

Jon A. Leydens

Kenneth Osgood,

Associate Professors

Tina L. Gianquitto

Kathleen J. Hancock

James D. Straker

Assistant Professors

Adrianne Kroepsch

Qin Zhu

Teaching Professors

Jonathan Cullison

Melanie Brandt, McBride Director

Paula A. Farca

Cortney Holles

Joseph Horan

Toni Lefton, Director, University Honors and Scholars Programs

Sandy Woodson, Department Head

Teaching Associate Professors

Seth Tucker

Eliza Buhrer

Derrick Hudson

Shannon Davies Mancus, Associate Department Head

Teaching Assistant Professor

Rachel Osgood

Professors Emeriti

W. John Cieslewicz

T. Graham Hereford

Barbara M. Olds

Eul-Soo Pang

Anton G. Pegis

Thomas Philipose, University Emeritus Professor

Arthur B. Sacks

Associate Professors Emeriti

Betty J. Cannon

Kathleen H. Ochs

Laura J. Pang

Karen B. Wiley

Teaching Professor Emeriti

James Jesudason

Teaching Associate Emerti

Rose Pass