Environmental Studies Department
"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.
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
- Majors choose from a range of environmentally oriented courses anchored in different disciplines - art, communication, ecology, economics, ethics, literature, history, sociology, and other fields.
create & communicate system-wide solutions
- The major is grounded in a core set of interdisciplinary courses that approach environmental questions in a variety of contexts: food, energy, gender, ecology, policy, and more.
"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."
"I am inspired by sustainability and small-scale actions that lead to large-scale change."
build meaningful relationships with mentors
- Six department faculty in all different fields, plus environmental course taught by contributing faculty across campus.
- Environmental studies major Jack Pieper '21 and George Maurer '88 connect as artists and as Johnnies. [video]
In the Community
build solutions to the climate crisis, the biggest crisis of our time
- 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.
- CSB/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
- All majors complete a 1-credit internship, typically after the spring of junior year.
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 '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."