Environmental Studies majors select from a broad range of intermediate and advanced courses from many disciplines to develop a focused course of study.

Prospective majors are encouraged to begin the social science component of the major with Environment and Society (ENVS 101) during their first year, and to take Introduction to Environmental Humanities (ENVS 201) and most natural science requirements by the end of their sophomore year. Students must also take either Environmental Policy (ENVS 208) or Environmental Economics (ECON 231) to fulfill the core requirement of the major.

Majors are required to complete a “curricular pathway.”  A curricular pathway is a course of study that equips an ES major with a depth of knowledge, analytical skills, and experiences related to understanding and addressing a topic or subject area of special interest to that student. This component of the major entails several requirements to help ensure that ES majors achieve a depth of knowledge and skills in a topical area within the major.

We encourage ES majors to augment their classroom experience at Oberlin by participating in study away programs, winter term projects, and summer internships

Students considering environmental studies as a major may find these documents helpful in course planning, understanding program requirements, and more.