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Department of Environmental Studies

Why Study Environmental Studies at The College of Idaho?

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that includes the Environmental Studies major, the Environmental Science minor and the Environmental Humanities Minor.   The Environmental Studies Program at The College of Idaho offers students an education in the complex relationships among natural systems and human cultures. The interdisciplinary program encourages students to question their own cultural and environmental attitudes and examine these values in their lives and work. The program prepares students to think critically, obtain and analyze data, and speak and write effectively about the environment, while also providing leadership in helping their communities address environmental issues.

You’ll take courses in the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences, exploring components of ecology and environmental systems, aesthetic representations of the environment, the history of environmental thought, the role of public policy and ethics in environmental decision-making, the varied conceptions of "environment" held by different cultures and the global nature of environmental issues.  In addition to your class work, you’ll learn in the field as an Environmental Studies major at the C of I. Recent and upcoming trips include biology excursions to Belize or Florida, literature and art-related trips to London, geology and literature study in Scotland and the Stanley Winter Wilderness Experience in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.

Career Opportunities for Environmental Studies Students

Environmental Studies prepares skilled critical thinkers who are ready to provide leadership in a variety of career fields. Education, public policy, resource management, public health, public administration, international development, non-profit work and the sciences are popular choices for our graduates. Many alumni also go on to graduate school to study environmental law and policy, economics, environmental literature, plant and animal biology and other related sciences.

About Our Department

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary field, so its faculty is pulled from several different departments on campus: