Environmental Studies Department

2022-2023 Guest Lectures: Winona LaDuke and Robin Wall Kimmerer

"It's important to study environmental studies because environmental studies can unlock the keys to the world."

Conservation. Business.  Activism.
Government. Education. Consulting.
Justice & Equity. Outdoor Recreation.
Engineering. Renewable Energy.
And So Much More.

Meet Our Students Meet Our Faculty Meet Our Graduates Environmental & Racial Justice Job & Internship Postings

In the Classroom

research the challenges we're facing as individuals and as a species
  • Undergraduate research and experiential learning are key pillars of the major, including summer research assistantships, internships, field experiences, and a capstone thesis project completed during the senior year.
think critically from many perspectives
create & communicate system-wide solutions

Con Brady '22 (he/him)

Con Brady '22 (he/him)

"Having the arboretum right on campus is perfect for ES because we can have class in an outside setting or do research right on campus."

Elena Lozano '22 (she/her)

Elena Lozano '22 (she/her)

"I am inspired by sustainability and small-scale actions that lead to large-scale change."

build meaningful relationships with mentors

In the Community

build solutions to the climate crisis, the biggest crisis of our time

students at COP 25 negotiations

  • CSB/SJU student delegates attend the United Nations climate negotations each year as part of our Global Climate Policy class. The students conduct  original research at the COP. Learn more.
  • solve climate by 2030CSB/SJU environmental studies hosted the Minnesota power dialog on climate change and justice. Events were held in all 50 states on April 7, 2020 - check out the videos!

learn through internships, service, recreation, and employment

Max Lyons '22 (he/him)
Garden Assistant - Marlene's Gardens

"Helping manage a community garden in a remote fishing village has given me valuable insight."

Mariko Hermerding '23 (she/her)
Summer Programs Support Intern - Happy Dancing Turtle

"Thanks to my time at Happy Dancing Turtle, I understand how non-profits operate and with this experience I feel more confident going into the future." 

Madeleine Partch CSB '21Madeleine Partch '21 (she/her)
Saint John's Abbey Arboretum - Student Land Manager

"Seeing the results and understanding the benefits of the work I was doing made going to work really exciting." 

More About Internships

96% of graduates are in full-time employment, full-time volunteer service, long-term employment, or continuing education within 1 year of graduation.Read more about graduate surveys and results.