Environmental Studies

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy examines the human dimensions of environmental problems. It addresses such issues as how human actions affect the environment; how societies adapt to changes in natural resource availability; and how individuals, nations, and international agencies respond to environmental hazards. Students should be prepared to deal with local, regional, and national differences in the use of resources; social and environmental aspects of health and illness; alternative strategies for environmental management; the ethical, moral, and legal dimensions of environmental and resource issues; and the roles of governmental and non-governmental agencies in environmental affairs.

Recommended Minors

  • Political Science - equips students to understand political life, to be effective citizens, and to achieve positions of political leadership.
  • Economics - prepares students to be able to apply the theory of economic issues and policies.
  • Sociology - studies groups, the ways people behave in groups and how an individual's attitudes and actions are influenced by them.
  • Psychology - courses can complement their overall liberal arts education.

Types of Employers

Non-Profit and Private
  • Agricultural organizations
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Dairy industry
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Food and beverage companies
  • Food marketing chains
  • Insurance companies
  • Seed and grain corporations
Government Agencies
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Bureau of Economics
  • Department of Energy
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration

Environmental Studies Graduates’ Positions

  • Project Coordinator, Great Plains Institute
  • Process Analyst, Agstar Financial Services
  • Environmental Consulting Associate, Vieau Associates Inc.
  • Protection Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Consultant (Kate Sinner)
  • The Nature Conservency, Lobbyist (Stephanie Pinkalla)
  • Environmental Health Specialist, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health (Sophia Walsh)
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Derek Larson
Chair, Environmental Studies
SJU Peter Engel 235

Jennifer Kutter
Department Coordinator
SJU Peter Engel 201

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