The Environmental Studies Program is interdisciplinary in nature, reflects the current state of the field, recognizes the relationship between human behavior and nature in ecological issues, and responds to the Jesuit call to promote environmental justice and ethical stewardship of the natural world.
Composed of a rich mixture of courses from the Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences, the Environmental Studies curriculum motivates students to learn through instruction in the classroom, in the laboratory, in the field and through a diversity of service learning opportunities. The interdisciplinary and comparative nature of the Program encourages openness to novel ideas and flexibility in examining new approaches to problem solving, prepares students to analyze complex environmental issues from both local and global perspectives, and provides them with the skills necessary to help shape environmental policy and practice.
The Environmental Studies Program equips students to explore a wide range of interrelated careers in such environmental areas as public policy, urban or rural planning, and natural resource management, and for work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry.
Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.A. in Environmental Studies
Students who complete the B.A. in Environmental Studies will be able to:
- Integrate perspectives of multiple disciplines to understand the complexities of human-environment interactions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the range of environmental issues and the roles of humans and institutions in responding to them.
- Analyze critically and develop socio-culturally appropriate strategies to resolve environmental problems.
- Connect environmental problems to issues of social justice through study and community engagement.
- Apply scientific principles to develop solutions for environmental problems.