Environmental studies is a multidisciplinary field that examines human interaction with the environment in order to comprehend, evaluate, communicate and solve a broad range of environmental issues. The aim of Wesleyan’s program is to provide students with both a specialty and a breadth of perspective to interpret environmental information; understand the connection to social, political or ethical issues; and formulate well-reasoned opinions.

Students who major in environmental studies often pursue careers in sustainability and renewable resources, and environmental policy and economy. Environmental studies is offered as a linked major or a certificate.

What You'll Study

The ENVS linked major combines intellectual depth in one area (the major) with breadth achieved through courses and research in the linked major. The ENVS linked-major program requires a substantial amount of immersion and focused concentration in environmental studies compared to the certificate.

  • The linked major requires an introductory course, seven electives, a senior capstone experience and a senior colloquium. The seven electives include one course from each of three core academic areas (arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural science and mathematics) and a four-course thematic concentration on environmental issues of the student’s choosing. Students in the linked major are encouraged to pursue a capstone project, especially a senior thesis, on an environmental topic from the perspective of their primary major.
  • The seven-course certificate provides limited exposure and a basic level of expertise in environmental studies. Many students use the certificate as a demonstration for employers in environmental fields that they have had a basic immersion.