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Environmental Studies

Augustana University's environmental studies major offers graduates the training and skills necessary to help lead the world toward a more sustainable and resilient future.

Environmental studies at Augustana is an interdisciplinary major that attends to the ecology of a place in a way that brings together the tools and perspectives of multiple disciplines. Since the environment is not understood through a single discipline, Environmental studies majors learn to examine the environment through a critical engagement with society, history, and culture; through the study of law, ethics, justice, and policy; and through the study of ecology and the mapping of data.

In addition to this interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationships between humans and the environment, each student chooses a disciplinary focus. The major culminates in a senior thesis and in the completion of a community-oriented practical project that aims to make a positive contribution to the relationships between humans and the environment.