ENST Major and Minor

Climate change, urban sprawl, habitat loss, pollution, food and energy needs, and their understanding as issues of social justice and economic stability are among the most pressing problems facing contemporary societies. Environmental and urban patterns and processes operate at multiple scales involving natural and human causes and consequences that cannot be addressed within a single discipline. Students in Environmental and Urban Studies will gain an understanding of the interconnected natural and urban realms, developing fluency with ideas such as sustainable development, walkable urbanism, environmental justice, or political ecology, along with the opportunities and challenges they present.

The major/minor in Environmental and Urban Studies motivates a deeper theoretical understanding as well as applied of the connections between environment, geography and urbanization, and practical strength in addressing urban and environmental challenges and emergencies. Students begin the program through foundational courses focused on frameworks, theories and models of human-environment relationships, progress toward interdisciplinary methodological applications to topic-based experiential learning. The major program culminates in a BA Thesis or BA Capstone focused on addressing a critical urban environmental issue.