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Seattle University's interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental
Studies integrates coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences, and
humanities and emphasizes fieldwork, community engagement, and environmental justice.
The Environmental Studies major combines the expertise of professors from 14 departments, as well as education abroad programs, to look at humanity's multifaceted role in the environment through many lenses, including ecology, politics, history, philosophy, and religion. By allowing students to specialize in one of four areas—Ecological Systems; Environmental Education and Communication; Politics, Policy, and Justice; and Urban Sustainability —the Environmental Studies Program helps students find their place in this vast, compelling field and discover where they can make a real difference as stewards of the Earth.
Here are just a few of the questions
students address as Environmental Studies majors at Seattle
University: How do ecosystems work? What is the connection between
poverty and pollution? What can individuals, cities and countries
do to curb climate change and tread more lightly on the Earth? Does
nature have intrinsic value? Can a more sustainable
lifestyle lead to a more meaningful life?
Why pursue an
Environmental Studies degree? The daily headlines
sound the call--environmental disasters, climate change, renewable
energy, sustainable living and eating, protecting wilderness and
wildlife. Environmental Studies will equip you to meet some of the
most crucial challenges of the modern world by exploring
all these issues and many more.
Students who major in Environmental
Studies can take their careers in countless directions:
environmental education, urban planning, journalism, natural
resource management, park management, ecological restoration,
sustainable agriculture, corporate sustainability, and law school
or graduate school, among many other options.
BA Environmental Studies
Minor in Environmental Studies
The uniquely Seattle
University experience offers both breadth and
depth. It strikes a broad interdisciplinary balance by
incorporating up-to-date ecological science, enlightened
environmental politics and public policy, and rigorous historical
and philosophical analysis. And it also, in the life-affirming
spirit of the Jesuit-Catholic tradition, recognizes the sacredness
of creation. Thus, while many environmental studies programs
focus largely on how to solve environmental problems, the Seattle
University program emphasizes not only that, but also how our own
depth of spirit can find a healing resonance in the depth of
nature, forming a bond and igniting a spark that can inspire
thoughtful and impassioned environmental action.
Environmental Studies majors often
rank their required 90-hour internship as one of their most
important educational experiences. Students have developed valuable
professional skills in internships at the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, the
King County Department of Natural Resources, People for Puget Sound,
the Seattle Aquarium, IslandWood Environmental Education Center, Jubilee Farm, Seattle Tilth, Earth Ministry, and many
others. Visit our internship page.
As a culminating experience,
Environmental Studies majors complete a senior research project
working closely with a faculty advisor. These projects range widely across the interdisciplinary spectrum of environmental studies, as illustrated by the following list of a few selected projects:
Because of Seattle University's
location, students also have the opportunity to explore the
spectacular and diverse Pacific Northwest bioregion-home to three iconic national parks, two mountain ranges, and pristine salt and
freshwater areas-and to live in Seattle, Washington, one of the
most environmentally progressive cities in the country.