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Environmental Studies Major and Minor

The undergraduate major is housed in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues incorporating models and methods from the humanities, social and natural sciences. The program is designed to be complementary to the Environmental Sciences BA/BS program although students in environmental studies will complete basic course work in both the natural sciences and quantitative analyses as a foundation for studying environmental questions. The curriculum is organized around several elements, including a common introductory sequence required of all majors, focused course work in three broadly conceived thematic tracks, a required thesis, and a required internship or field studies component. A minor concentration is also an option for students interested in pursuing coursework in Environmental Studies.

The new location of Environmental Studies within the Program on the Global Environment integrates graduate and faculty research and teaching with undergraduate education and enables new and fruitful collaborations and activities in this critical area of research.