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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.
Seattle University’s extensive efforts to promote, teach and practice sustainability was recognized in the 15th annual Sierra magazine Cool Schools 2021 rankings. The university advanced to #14 from #20 last year among 328 colleges and universities that participated in the Cool Schools survey, placing it in the Top 4 percent overall. Seattle U is the only Pacific Northwest institution in the Top 20