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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Specializations

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

Program Director

206 296-5485

Hayest@seattleu.edu

Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440

Gawlikk@seattleu.edu

WOHESC Sustainability Action Challenge Winners 

Teagan Nathe and Ruby Valla won the WOHESC Sustainability Action Challenge for their presentation called Restocking Roots. They discuss how to employ formerly incarcerated people to help create a community garden in the southern Seattle area. 

The Miller Scholarship 

The Miller Scholarship in Environmental Studies is an annual $2,500 scholarship awarded to a qualifying Environmental Studies student in the Spring for use in the following Fall Quarter. The award is intended to support the recipient's academic-related expenses for continued study in the Environmental Studies program. The scholarship application is open and due May 31st.  

Student Spotlight 

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. EVST Student Gabriella (Gabby) Robinson has been awarded an honorable mention, congrats Gabby! 

 

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