Two Program Options
Environmental science emphasis
- Core courses in environmental studies to give you the philosophical and scientific groundwork for further study
- Courses such as Wildlife Ecology and Stewardship, Avian Biology and Conservation, Meteorology, Economics of Natural Resources, and other social science courses to help you understand the larger context of environmental issues
Policy and management emphasis
- Core courses in environmental studies, laying the foundation for further study
- Courses in policy areas such as environment-related communication, organizational management, or law
- Courses such as Contemporary Political Ideologies, Economic Development in Low Income Countries, and Advanced Public Address
- Within your emphasis, you’ll design a program that fits your interests by choosing course options that fit your career goals. Caring and experienced faculty members will guide you as you plan your program.
As an environmental studies major, you are encouraged to spend a semester studying off-campus. Many students attend the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies during the summer, where they join students and instructors from other Christian colleges in hands-on study of forests, streams, marine organisms, and other parts of God’s world. Au Sable offers course and field work in Michigan, Washington state, and South India.
Other off-campus program options available to you are:
- Latin American Studies Program in Costa Rica
- Chicago Semester Program
- American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.
- Creation Care Studies Program in Belize and New Zealand
Internships are an excellent way for you to broaden your experience and background. The environmental studies department and the career services office maintain files on summer internship opportunities.