At Seattle University, Environmental Studies students collaboratively engage with faculty, staff and the community to study and promote human-natural systems that are environmentally sustainable and socially just. In the Environmental Studies program, students will:
Learn the problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills needed to address today's pressing, contemporary environmental challenges
Engage with faculty from across disciplines to explore and understand the socio-economic, spiritual, ethical and biophysical complexities of human-environment systems
Integrate fieldwork and class work to investigate the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability
Specialize in a specific area of sustainability related to a professional field: Environmental Education and Communication; Politics, Policy and Justice; Urban Sustainability or Ecological Systems
Our cohesive program provides students the opportunity to conduct research with faculty renowned in their fields, work with practitioners and communities to address local and global environmental concerns, participate in experiential learning here in the United States and abroad and be part of our dynamic SU community through small classes, on-campus organizations and activities, and co-curricular events.
As part of the EVST curriculum, each student chooses to specialize in an area of environmental studies and sustainability. The specializations build upon the core EVST curriculum and prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop your specific field of interest.
EVST students gain pre-professional experience while completing a required Environmental Internship. They engage with the global classroom developing knowledge of diverse cultures through education abroad, fellowships and undergraduate research.
Kaelin Mason is the 20/21 recipient of the Miller Environmental Studies Scholarship. Kaelin is currently employed as a student gardener on the SU grounds team and is in the process of completing her EVST Capstone focusing on the effect of Indigenous land burning practices on biodiversity and wildfire management. After graduation, Kaelin plans "to work in habitat restoration, outdoor education, parks service etc... anything outside or in the dirt where I can participate in helping the ecosystem and get others to as well!"
Seattle University is the only college in the Northwestern United States to earn a spot in the Princeton Review’s 2021 Green Honor Roll of 30 colleges that earned the highest scores by the publication.