The goals of the Environmental Studies program are to provide both a broad introduction to the many fields that contribute to our understanding of environmental problems and a depth of knowledge in at least one area of study.
Consequently, every student in the major is required to complete a set of ten core courses that provides a genuine integration of disciplinary knowledge. Students also are required to design a concentration area, i.e., a minimum of six courses in a single field. Extremely diverse sets of concentration areas have been chosen by students, including biology, geography, political science, criminal justice, Justice and Peace Studies, sociology, business administration, and English, among others. It is truly an interdisciplinary program.
Since the approval of the major by the faculty in 1992, over 200 students have graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies. It is currently one of the largest interdisciplinary programs at the University.