Take Action for a More Sustainable and Just World

We seek to discover, assess, and propose innovative solutions that are ecologically sound and socially just. Advancing sustainability depends on an holistic approach to problem solving in collaboration with diverse peoples and through work across disciplines.

As an Environmental Studies student at Seattle University, you will:

  • Tailor your major to your interests. Choose from one of four specializations: Urban Sustainability; Policy, Politics and Justice; Environmental Education and Communication or Ecological Systems - or design your own specialization. 
  • Explore the link between people and the environment - addressing issues facing our many ecosystems, including our homes, cities, farms, forests and oceans. 
  • Identify and solve sustainability challenges through an equity lens - gaining core competencies in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.
  • Learn the data analysis tools, analytical skills and communication techniques you will need to understand and solve environmental problems, work with diverse stakeholders and communicate ways to move our communities toward a more sustainable future.
  • Integrate field and class work in the Puget Sound area and beyond. Take small classes with professors dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities to explore local and global environmental concerns that range from urban sustainability to landscape ecology, climate justice and more.
  • Chart your career path through our Environmental Careers series, internship and independent studies opportunities and alumni network.

Program Summary

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.

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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.

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Professional Development

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.  


Contact Us

Tanya Hayes, PhD

Program Director

206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440


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Happening on Campus 

Earth Month Logo Design Competition 

Get creative and design a logo for Seattle U's Earth Month 2023! The winning design will be used on SU's website, social media, flyers, and more.

Make sure to submit your design by March 1st, 2023 to cejs@seattleu.edu. For more information, check out the Earth Month Flyer .

LinkUp 2023

LinkUp is the signature networking and speed mentoring event for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Designed to be casual, informal and approachable, this annual event encourages students majoring in social sciences and humanities to explore career pathways and learn from alumni and friends of the college.

January 24 from 4-6 PM in Student Center 160

Register here.

Career Fair Prep Drop In Office Hours 

Have any questions before the Winter Career and Internship fair? The Career Engagement Office is open for brief 10–15-minute one-to-one meetings to help. Available in person and virtually.

January 30 - February 3 Each day, 10AM-12PM and 1-3PM in the Career Engagement Office or Zoom.

Winter Career and Internship Fair

Meet with 50+ employers to learn more about job and internship opportunities offered by companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations where you might like to work. Whether you are looking for an internship or a position after graduation, you don't want to miss this fair! 

February 9 from 10:30AM-1:30PM in the Campion Ballroom

Register here.

Meet U.S Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

Dr. Larry Hubbell, immediate past director of the Institute of Public Service and a professor in the Masters of Public Administration program at Seattle University, and Joni Balter, journalist, lecturer and professional-in-residence at Seattle University, will lead a wide-ranging conversation with MGP. 

Feb. 24 from 3-4PM in the Oberto Commons, Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation

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Research Highlight

Assistant Professor, Heidi Lierre, contributed to a Dartmouth-led study published in EurekAlert!  Read about how rare plants attract rare bees and birds in urban gardens.