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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.

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Outline of The Major (33-38 credit hours)

The major consists of four components:

An Introduction to Environmental Studies: (3 credit hours)

  • ENST 180: Intro to Environmental Science (3 credit hours)

Three Core Courses: (students take one course from each of the three categories) (9 credit hours)

  • ENST 201: Environmental Policy (3 credit hours)
  • ENST 202: Environmental Culture (3 credit hours)
  • ENST 203: Geographic Environmental Data (3 credit hours)

Department of Choice: (15-20 credit hours in a department, approved by that department) (Minimum 15 credit hours) There are currently tracks in Philosophy and Chemistry. One is being developed in Religion, and more in other departments. There is also an interdisciplinary track.

Engaged Study: (Two courses under supervision of an advisor) (6 credit hours)

  • ENST 400: Senior Thesis (3 credit hours)
  • ENST 401: Practicum in Environmental Studies (3 credit hours)

Prospective students wanting to know more about the major and career opportunities are encouraged to visit augie.edu/admission or contact the Augustana Office of Admission.