Environmental Conversations



Environmental Conversations — or “EnCon” as it is known on campus — is an interdisciplinary learning community open to all St. Olaf students interested in an integrated exploration of environmental questions, challenges, and possibilities.

As a first-year conversation program, students take three sequenced courses (one each semester and one during interim) to examine how cultures, systems, and organisms interrelate and shape environmental realities. Environmental Conversations affords students of all majors two general education requirements, including: the first-year seminar and the first-year writing and rhetoric course. It also gives students a required credit toward the Environmental Studies major/concentration.