Environmental Studies


Sustainability careers or "green" jobs often involve helping companies and organizations run more efficiently and in a more environmentally friendly manner. There is a wide range of career options that can range from engineering to management to policy making. However, all focus on sustainable use of energy and materials to ensure resources are available for future generations.

Recommended Minors

  • Sociology - studies groups, the ways people behave in groups and how an individual's attitudes and actions are influenced by them.
  • 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.
  • Global Business - students gain traditional functional knowledge and analytical skills, yet are increasingly adept at leading diverse teams of innovators and managers from around the world.

Types of Jobs

  • Sustainability fellowships
  • Green representatives
  • Waste control
  • Corporate sustainability/social responsibility
  • NGOs and non-profits
  • Fashion and apparel
  • Food and agriculture
  • Marketing and media
  • Consulting
  • Education

Environmental Studies Graduates’ Positions

  • Pollution Control Specialist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Scott Schroeder)
  • Zero-Waste Education Manager, Eureka Recycling
  • Environmental Protection Specialist, EPA Headquarters' Office of Solid Waste (Jenny (Stephenson) Dixon)
  • Executive Director, Non-Profit, Ecuador (Molly Roske)
  • Business Development Coordinator (Madi Sundlof)
  • Managing Director, MN Sustainable Growth Coalition, Environmental Initiative
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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