Chair: Dr. Lauri Chose
The Environmental Studies major prepares students to become environmental innovators in the workplace and in their communities. The major is designed for students seeking an environmental program outside the realm of a pure environmental science curriculum. It is ideal for students pursuing careers in areas such as environmental advocacy, marine and environmental education, environmental policy-making, park services, non-profit management, and environmental law. Students in the program will approach environmental sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective, with coursework and experiences that examine scientific, social, political, ethical, and educational views of the environment and its protection. This appropriate blend of science, social sciences, and humanities courses prepares students to meet the rigors of a career analyzing complex environmental issues and effectively communicating their findings to diverse markets or constituencies. The program is distinctively set within the context of the Franciscan approach to environmentalism. One of the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education states, in part, "We care for the earth which is our home and work to protect and preserve it for future generations."
Students who major in Environmental Studies are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor or concentration in another discipline. Minors in Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Education, History, and Law are suitable complements to the major and will further offer students a well-rounded approach to the discipline.