The Environmental Studies major and minor provide students with the knowledge and skills to analyze complex environmental issues from a variety of perspectives -- natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. With seven core faculty, all with active research involving students, the ES department offers the most comprehensive environmental program among nationally ranked liberal arts colleges.
Field experiences are an essential component of most ES courses. Students travel to the mines of Pennsylvania coal country, the forests of the world-famous Gettysburg National Military Park, the beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and the decision-making centers of Washington D.C. In the summer students may enroll in departmental field courses on sea turtle conservation or the Rocky Mountain West, as well as take part in internships and research opportunities.
In the classroom or laboratory, at an internship or on a service-learning project, in the comfort of the library or under demanding field conditions, students are taught to approach environmental issues with an open mind, to examine alternatives carefully, and to write and speak effectively. The program prepares students for graduate study and careers in environmental science, environmental management, law, public policy, urban planning, GIS, the nonprofit sector, and other fields.