Take Action for a More Sustainable and Just World

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

  • Gain practical tools and real world experience through internships, fellowships and study abroad

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 study abroad, fellowships and undergraduate research.  


Contact Us

Tanya Hayes


206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440


Student Spotlight 

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Environmental Studies student Brandon McWilliams, ’21, wrote an article titled It’s our turn to fix the climate future we’ve inherited that was published in the Seattle Times Dec. 13th edition of the newspaper. Brandon wrote about climate change and how it is up to his generation to fix the problem. Bradon has also received the Washington Sea Grant Communications Fellowship, a program at which he will be given the opportunity to develop his portfolio as a writer and communicator as well as work on building bridges between scientific information and public understanding.

Ready to Transfer to SU?

 Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice Newsletter

The winter newsletter from the Center for Environmental Justice is out now. Read about fellowship applications, campus sustainability, and much more! 


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Virtual Happening on Campus

  • Digital Earth Month during the month of Arpil. Amid the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the Earth Day Network (global organizer of Earth Day) will mark the 50th anniversary with the first Digital Earth Day, a global digital mobilization. The Earth Day 2020 theme is "Climate Action.horizontal rule