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Major in Environmental Studies (B.A.)

The Environmental Studies major is a multidisciplinary environmental program focused on the interface between environmental science and relevant social sciences, including public policy, political science, law, economics, sociology, and planning. Toward this end, the program provides a fundamental understanding of the scientific processes that underlie the composition of the natural landscape, coupled with a foundation in the social sciences that produce the diversity and composition of human landscapes. The program is founded on the principle that the social sciences––both as a body of knowledge and as the basis for structuring human societal norms––must be applied to assess the direct and indirect influences of human activities on the integrity of the environment. The major is grounded in research, a rigorous foundation, problem–solving methods, data analysis, and developing open–ended solutions to complex environmental issues.

For students in the class of 2024 and beyond, the Environmental Studies degree may be obtained by pursuing either the Environmental Management or Sustainability Track. The Environmental Management concentration is intended for students pursuing careers in disciplines such as Environmental Consulting, Environmental Health, and Environmental Law. The Environmental Sustainability concentration is intended for students pursuing careers in, for instance, Corporate Sustainability, Environmental Planning, and Environmental Journalism.

Course Requirements

Students completing the B.A. in Environmental Studies will take a series of foundation courses, electives, and an independent study under the direction of a faculty mentor in addition to completing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum.

Environmental Studies course requirements (class of 2020-2023)

Environmental Studies – Environmental Management Track course requirements (class of 2024 and beyond)

Environmental Studies – Sustainability Track course requirements (class of 2024 and beyond)

Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3336
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Keith Henderson


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