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Students plant native species at the Lewis Center’s wetlands. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
Program Overview

Environmental Studies

Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Environmental Studies

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 help our students develop the creative problem-solving skills to design a more sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.

Why Study Environmental Studies at Oberlin?

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Study Away Programs
Associated Faculty
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Research Opportunities
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Several Oberlin students volunteered to have their hair cut in the name of recycling. Hair was donated to Hair for Oil Spills, which uses the hair to make hair booms for oil cleanups Photo credit: Yingran Zhang '16


Each year in April, residence halls, co-ops, and city K-12 public schools battle it out during Ecolympics to see who can most reduce electricity and water use. This two-week competition and event series raises awareness and prompts action regarding sustainability efforts. 

Sample Courses

  • ENVS 230 - Environmental Justice and Local Knowledge 4 credits
  • ENVS 323 - Seminar: Global Environmental Politics 4 credits
  • ENVS 340 - Systems Modeling: Systems Thinking 4 credits
  • ENVS 390 - Sustainable Cities 4 credits

Environmental Studies Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching. Their subject matters run the gamut: from climate change, systems ecology, and natural resources and conflict, to indigenous environmental issues, environmental justice, and urban sustainability. Committed to undergraduate education, they teach everything from introductory courses to advanced seminars.

Explore Faculty within Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies News

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“From the Classroom to the Boardroom”

June 27, 2019
This episode of An Oberlin Minute features students in the Ashby Business Scholars Program during their on-campus intensive on business professionalism and networking.