Scope and Design of the Program
The Environmental Studies BA program examines a range of factors confronting humans as they struggle with complex problems and possible solutions to environmental questions. Using a social science perspective, the program includes cultural, communication, economic, health, historical, humanistic, political, science and social factors that influence local, national, international and global environmental issues and policies.
The program has been designed so students will develop a broad understanding of social science environmental concerns, along with a basic familiarity in at least one of five basic environmental areas: health; humanities; policy, planning & law; politics & society; and science & technology. Embedded in each of these areas are related skills courses to help students prepare for careers and in-depth studies of environmental topics related to the field and the concentration.
Possible Career and Graduate School Paths
The B.A. program is intended for students interested in environmental affairs from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities. This degree will prepare students for a variety of career options in fields such as environmental policy, environmental health, environmental communication, environmental education or environmental law. Careers can be found in federal, state and local government agencies, consulting companies, industries, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, online environmental communication sites and elsewhere. The program also will prepare students for graduate studies in a number of environmental policy and social science fields including law.
Potential Double Majors and Minors
The B.A. is specifically designed to be broadly inclusive yet flexible enough to encourage double majors and minors in other fields. Double majors or minors in social science fields such as anthropology, health, medicine and society, history, international relations, journalism, political science, psychology, science and environmental writing or sociology could easily be accomplished. Double majors or minors in the humanities in English, art and architecture, philosophy and religion also could be easily completed. In particular, this degree complements existing B.A. and B.S. programs in Earth and Environmental Sciences and the B.S. program in Environmental Engineering. If students are not pursuing a double major, a minor in another field to complement the Environmental Studies major is highly recommended but not required.
The B.A. is considered a social science major and most of its courses fulfill college social science distribution requirements. Some of its courses also fulfill college humanities and science distribution requirements.
Environmental Studies Concentrations