The Environmental Studies Program seeks to create a learning environment that fosters an understanding of the causes and consequences of our environmental predicaments, as well as the creative problem-solving skills to design a more sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.

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Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching that range from climate change, systems ecology, and natural resources and conflict, to indigenous environmental issues, environmental justice, and urban sustainability. They collaborate with indigenous, African diaspora, and Asian communities, and with local, county, and “Rust Belt” communities in the Great Lakes bioregion. Committed to undergraduate education, they teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Program Overview

We offer a design-oriented curriculum to equip you with the broad set of intellectual tools and learning experiences needed to address the unprecedented environmental challenges facing your generation: remediating and adapting to climate change while developing sustainable systems to produce food, fuel, shelter, and fiber.

While daunting, these challenges also present tremendous opportunities for you and your peers to creatively construct a world that is better than the one you inherited. The Environmental Studies Program seeks to create a learning environment that fosters an understanding of the causes and consequences of our environmental predicaments, as well as the creative problem solving skills to design a more sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.

Students can major or minor in environmental studies. Majors will gain the knowledge, intellectual tools, and learning experiences to pursue an increasingly diverse set of career options. Majors often obtain employment immediately after graduating, but most eventually pursue advanced degrees in such fields as environmental science, public policy, architecture, business, law, sustainable agriculture, and urban planning.

Environmental Studies News

Kieran Minor '19 wins Truman Scholarship

Kieran Minor ’19 Named 2018 Truman Scholar

April 23, 2018
Kieran Minor ’19 has won the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Awarded to outstanding college juniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, the $30,000 prize will help fund Minor’s postgraduate studies.