As part of the EVST curriculum, each student chooses to specialize in an area of environmental studies and sustainability. You may choose one of four defined specializations, or work with your advisor to tailor your own. The specializations build upon the Environmental Studies CORE and prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop your specific field of interest.

  • Each Specialization is 20 course credits.
  • You are required to declare a Specialization before completing 90 credits toward your SU degree (generally by the end of sophomore year).

Environmental Studies Majors who specialize in Urban Sustainability or Politics, Policy and Justice are uniquely situated to complete a double major in EVST and Public Affairs.  Students can complete this double major in a normal four year course of study.  Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic course plan and the requirements for completion of the program evaluation.  

How Do You Want to Make a Difference?

Urban Sustainability

How can we build livable cities that are ecologically sustainable and socially just?

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Politics Policy and Justice

What policies and political processes are needed to support a future that is just and sustainable?

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Environmental Education and Communication

How can we communicate our pressing environmental problems and potential solutions to people from all walks of life?  

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Ecological Systems

How can we sustainably manage and restore the geological, biological and ecological structures of our ecosystems?

Contact Us

Tanya Hayes


206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440