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PROGRAM IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
AT WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE

The Environmental Studies Program at Washington and Jefferson College provides an opportunity to earn a Major or Minor in Environmental Studies. Students are presented with the tools, ideas, and opportunities to engage constructively with environmental and social issues spawned from the dynamics of globalization, human population, economic activity, and societal values. Accordingly, the process and goal of sustainable development is the integrative theme throughout the Program. Students in the Program study and interact with the environment from aesthetic, social, ethical, technological and scientific perspectives. Students are taught to be problem-solvers, applying critical thinking skills and creative imagination in analyzing complex environmental matters.

Several internship opportunities may be built into the Program, including the Ocean Mammals Institute, Student Conservation Association, Audubon Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. and various biologically-related internships. Under the supervision of the Director of Environmental Studies, some of these internships may be taken for independent study credits.

The Program Director assists students to obtain grant, fellowship, and scholarship monies. A list of current funding sources and the Environmental Education website are good places to start. The Program also assists students in identifying and preparing for a career in the environmental arena. This is accomplished through environmental career days, bringing professionals in to the classroom and in the dissemination of career resources.


Personal responsibility and good stewardship begin with an understanding and appreciation of one's immediate environment. While global in scope, the Program does not overlook the local and unique aspects of southwestern Pennsylvania.

 

The program offers off-campus learning opportunities in Texas and East Africa. These courses emphasize practical applications of field methodologies and use of appropriate technology.

The College is committed to improving the environment on campus and in the surrounding community. Through course-related activities and campus organizations, students and faculty are actively engaged in campus greening efforts that have recently received national recognition: