The goals of the environmental studies major are to examine holistically the interactions between humans and the environment from experiential, aesthetic, cultural, economic, moral, political, management, and scientific perspectives; and to emphasize skills and techniques needed to solve environmental problems in interdisciplinary ways.
The environmental studies major allows students to combine their interests in a traditional discipline or other program emphasis with the broader training needed to address complex environmental issues. Individuals with environmental problem-solving abilities are needed in many facets of society, including science, politics, law, business, public administration, and community organizing. Each environmental studies major will follow an individualized program of study that will include economic, scientific, political, and ethical components. Three emphasis areas are suggested, following three main learning outcomes of the major: Engaging Environmental Conflict, Managing Environmental Systems, and Conducting Environmental Field Studies under Changing Conditions. Within these areas, students customize their focus.
Students in the environmental studies program can take advantage of Hamline’s location in the Twin Cities to pursue an increasing variety of internship and research opportunities.
Program director: K. Valentine Cadieux, Anthropology Department.