Dr. Derek Larson

Dr. Derek LarsonDegrees and Post Graduate Research:

  • Ph.D in History, Indiana University
  • M.A. in History, Indiana University
  • M.A. Religion, Yale University
  • B.A. in History and Religious Studies, Lewis and Clark College


Research Interests and Current Research:

  • 20th c. US History
  • Environmental History
  • US Religious History
  • US Political History
  • History of the American West
  • Campus/Institutional Sustainability
  • Small-Scale Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Design
  • Religion and Environment
  • Comparative Sustainability

Recent Presentations:

  • "Creating a Year of Sustainability on Your Campus" Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Annual Conference
  • "Environmental Sustainability in Higher Education" 24th Annual Peace Studies Conference, CSB/SJU
  • "STARS: Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System" Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Annual Conference
  • "Strategies for Integrating Sustainability Across Curriculum" Invited workshop facilitator, AASHE Curriculum Conference, Wake Forest University
  • "Alternative Energy in Minnesota: Possibilities and Prospects" St. John's Arboretum
  • "Building Sustainable Campuses: Role for Residence Life" Minnesota College Residence Life Association Annual Meeting

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Association for Environmental  Studies and Sciences
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Council of Deans and Directors, National Council for science and the Environment
  • Forest History Society
  • Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
  • Western History Association


Environmental Studies            

  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 215: Campus Sustainability Workshop
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium
  • ENVR 395: Research Seminar



Common Curriculum

  • FYS 100/101:Imagining the Future
  • FYS 100/101: Americans and Nature
  • FYS 100/101: The History of the
    American West and Midwest


  • Hist 152:The American Experience, 1901-2001
  • Hist 200: 1968 in America
  • Hist 357: US History 1920-1960
  • Hist 360: US Environmental History
  • Hist 395: Historiography of the American West
  • Hist 395: Reading Seminar: Living in the American Century
  • Hist 399: Research Seminar