Welcome to Environmental Studies! We invite you to join us on this study journey. Through rigorous work in the classroom, lab and studio, and within the community at large, Environmental Studies cultivates a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment framed by the interdisciplinary study of natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. We strive to contribute to an informed perspective on biological and physical processes, responsible policy and practice, imaginative thinking, and ethical reflection in both local and global communities.
As an interdisciplinary department, Environmental Studies at St. Olaf offers a major and a concentration. The curriculum draws on a rich heritage and array of perspectives derived from course work and hands-on experiences. Many faculty and participants ground their work in traditional disciplines in addition to integrative activities. To learn more, continue to explore these pages and to converse with any of the department faculty and staff.