Environmental solutions cannot come from one type of knowledge or way of thinking, not just from politics or chemistry or economics or history. They will come instead from leaders, thinkers, and innovators who can draw skills and knowledge from multiple fields of knowledge and work with teams of thinkers from every corner of the campus and the globe.
Our students take courses from across the curriculum to build an interdisciplinary understanding of the human relationship to the environment. Each major chooses one focus out of thirteen in which to focus about half of their coursework within the major. The thirteen foci include: policy, architecture, chemistry, economics, creative arts, literature, geography, conservation biology, nonfiction writing, human ecology, history, geology, and religion/philosophy.
Two-thirds of all environmental studies majors also study abroad for one semester at schools and programs across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.
The study of economics provides insights into how the world works. It teaches students a way of thinking, which when combined with training in qualitative and quantitative reasoning, and good judgment, provides an excellent foundation for just about anything that students may do after college.The Department of Economics provides a varied selection of courses from introductory principles to a rigorous senior research seminar in which students pursue an independent research project to qualify for departmental honors. Students also collaborate frequently with faculty on research projects leading to scholarly publications. The economics major thus provides the student with an excellent background for graduate work and employment in various fields, including economics, business, law, government, education, and international finance.