Bachelor of Arts

About Environmental Studies

Interest in the environment has surged dramatically over the past decade. From popular media outlets to high-level governmental planning agencies, environmental issues, such as the implications of climate change and related water scarcity, the introduction of genetically modified organisms into food chains, instabilities in the global energy market, and the deteriorating infrastructure of the urban built environment, have become pervasive topics of concern. There is also a clear realization that relationships between humans and their environments have grown increasingly complex. Instead of relying on simple technological solutions, policy makers, business and religious leaders, citizen groups, and students alike have stressed the need to address underlying social, economic, cultural, and political dimensions of environmental change in a more integrated fashion. The major in Environmental Studies, which entails collaboration between seventeen departments across SAS, ensures that students similarly consider environmental issues in terms of their interdisciplinary origins and implications.


The major in Environmental Studies is designed as a second major, and is meant to complement a student’s primary major in another field. All requirements for both majors must be met before the major in Environmental Studies can be conferred. A student’s primary major may be drawn from any major recognized by the School of Arts and Sciences.