Department of Environmental Studies

Students are encouraged to explore independent research and summer research possibilities with our faculty

Environmental Studies is a cross-divisional department with natural science, social science, humanities, and interdisciplinary courses. Our students learn about the origins and impacts of, as well as potential solutions to, environmental issues by studying the behavior of natural systems and their interactions with political, economic, social, and cultural factors.

Because the study of environmental concerns is inherently interdisciplinary, students develop a broad foundation of knowledge and integrative thinking skills in their time at Mount Holyoke College. Environmental Studies majors graduate with the intellectual tools and breadth of understanding to confront environmental challenges of the present and future.