Environmental Studies Curriculum


The environmental studies program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. The curriculum is designed to help students integrate perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine arts. Because environmental problems and their potential solutions do not stop at disciplinary boundaries, the curriculum teaches students to approach a particular topic not simply as a question of biology, politics, or theology, but rather to combine these (and many more) perspectives to better understand environmental issues in all their complexity. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the major, it is not uncommon for students to choose a second major or minor that reflects their particular passion.

The major consists of 53 credits, divided into five groups:

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  • Group One: Interdisciplinary Core
    Designed to introduce the ideas, concepts, and methodology of the Environmental Studies field.
  • Group Two: Natural Science
    Designed to offer students lab-based, scientific perspective on environmental and sustainability issues.
  • Group Three: Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Electives
    Designed to be focused topically, rather than by discipline, and bring the method of multiple disciplines to study.
  • Group Four: Disciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts Electives
    Designed to bring the perspective of art, literature, history, philosophy, and theology issues of environment and sustainability.
  • Group Five: Disciplinary Social Science Electives
    Designed to apply social science approaches to issues of environment and sustainability.


ES Major Requirements

ES Minor Requirements